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Meaning of rowel

row•el

Pronunciation: (rou'ul), [key]
— n., v., -eled, -el•ing -elled, -el•ling.
—n.
  1. a small wheel with radiating points, forming the extremity of a spur. See illus. under.
  2. a piece of leather or the like inserted beneath the skin of a horse or other animal to promote drainage of an infection.
—v.t.
  1. to prick or urge with a rowel.
  2. to insert a rowel in.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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