Origin of rowelMiddle English rowelle from Old French roele: see roulette
transitive verb-·eled or -·elled, -·el·ing or -·el·ling
Origin of rowelMiddle English from Old French roelle diminutive of roue wheel from Latin rota ; see ret- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present rowels, present participle roweling or rowelling, simple past and past participle roweled or rowelled)
- To use a rowel on something, especially to drain fluid.
Old French roel, from late Latin rotella, diminutive of Latin rota "˜wheel'.