Pronounced: LOW-gee, adj
Notes: I’m not sure why such a short, useful word is not better known
The word rowel, as a verb means “to prick; to vex”. As a noun, it is the small spiked wheel on the end of a spur attached behind the shoes of a horse rider. They are used to goad a horse.
Background / Comments
It is pretty straightforward; this word came from Old French roele, which came from Latin rotella (small wheel). Not being familiar with all of the equipment used in horse riding, I thought that rowels were the spurs.
The word came into English in the late 1200s