Part of speech: noun

A toothed wheel, as on a spur; also, the spur so furnished.

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Usage examples "rowel":

  1. In the end he put out the light, slipped the spur rowel into his vest pocket, and went out to his horse. - "Six Feet Four", Jackson Gregory.
  2. As he rode he spoke seldom to the horse running under him or to the boys with whom he worked, his thoughts flying now to another horse, lamed from a knife cut, now to a girl whose spur rowel he carried in his vest pocket, now to a man whose appealing letter he carried in another pocket. - "Six Feet Four", Jackson Gregory.
  3. A sharp rowel had picked through the skin, and, though it was probably only a slight wound indeed, it had brought a smear of red to the surface. - "Ronicky Doone", Max Brand.