foal

1 of 2

noun

: a young animal of the horse family
especially : one under one year

foal

2 of 2

verb

foaled; foaling; foals

intransitive verb

: to give birth to a foal

transitive verb

: to give birth to (a foal)
Phrases
in foal

Example Sentences

Verb The mare will foal in June.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
For years now, the people of Cedar Island, North Carolina, have named each foal born to the local herd of mustangs after the oldest living resident who hasn’t already had a horse named for them. Longreads, 2 Nov. 2022 This is true to some extent for all mammals, but obviously there's still a difference between a newborn foal and a newborn human. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 16 Apr. 2011 Teena Ella, the third foal of champion Beholder, faded to sixth in the seven-horse field. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Nov. 2022 The first foal to come ashore — a black-and-white male this year — is not sold with the others. The Virginian-pilot, Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2022 Centuries later, two children on the island - based on a real family - save up to buy a pony and its foal, Misty. Dave Kindy, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Aug. 2022 Guests can see Poppy and the new foal in the zoo’s African Savanna exhibit. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Aug. 2022 Then the foal that results from the breeding is nominated in their first year for $400, which is good for the rest of their career. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 22 July 2022 Ortiz received the right to pair Mo Donegal with a mare until realizing a viable foal, or sell that right. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 June 2022
Verb
In 1990, more than 44,000 racehorses were foaled in North America, according to the Jockey Club, which keeps the thoroughbred registry. Joe Drape, New York Times, 23 Aug. 2019 My guess is that one person — of a higher authority — knows exactly how many thoroughbreds have been foaled over the past 100 years. Nick Canepa, sandiegouniontribune.com, 9 June 2018 Stymie was foaled on King Ranch in Texas on April 9th, 1941. Max Watman, WSJ, 25 May 2018 Good day: Jumping out of bed at 2 a.m. to help deliver a baby horse during foaling season. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, 22 May 2018 The striking chestnut colt was foaled in Kentucky on March 28, 2015. Paul Rolfes, The Courier-Journal, 5 May 2018 My guess is that one person — of a higher authority — knows exactly how many thoroughbreds have been foaled over the past 100 years. Nick Canepa, sandiegouniontribune.com, 9 June 2018 Stymie was foaled on King Ranch in Texas on April 9th, 1941. Max Watman, WSJ, 25 May 2018 Good day: Jumping out of bed at 2 a.m. to help deliver a baby horse during foaling season. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, 22 May 2018 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English fole, from Old English fola; akin to Latin pullus young of an animal, Greek pais child — more at few

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of foal was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Foal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foal. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

foal

1 of 2 noun
: a young animal of the horse family
especially : one under one year

foal

2 of 2 verb
: to give birth to a foal

Medical Definition

foal

1 of 2 noun
: the young of an animal of the horse family
especially : one less than one year old

foal

2 of 2 intransitive verb
: to give birth to a foal
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