Origin of rowelMiddle English rowelle ; from Old French roele: see roulette
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'.