foal

noun
\ˈfōl \

Definition of foal 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

in foal

foal

verb
foaled; foaling; foals

Definition of foal (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to give birth to a foal

transitive verb

: to give birth to (a foal)

Examples of foal in a Sentence

Verb

The mare will foal in June.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Shaman Ghost, a son of Ghostzapper who was named the Canadian champion 3-year-old colt in 2016, began his first year at Lovacres Ranch for a stud fee of $7,500 and has more than 90 mares in foal. Eric Sondheimer, latimes.com, "Racing! New stallions try to give a boost in California," 2 July 2018 More: Mike Smith showed value of age, experience in Justify's Triple Crown See also: American Pharoah has how many foals? Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Race plans on hold as Justify is evaluated for ankle condition," 10 July 2018 The size of the foal crop is indicative of the health of the breeding business and, in turn, helps determine how easily racetracks can fill their fields. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Even a Triple Crown won't end the problems facing horse racing," 6 June 2018 The three-bedroom, single-story ranch house was cuter than a ladybug and had more potential than a Derby winner’s foal. Marni Jameson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "7 mistakes rookie DIY decorators make," 13 July 2018 Grazen had only 31 foals in 2016, then suddenly got very popular with 100 in 2017 and 68 this year. Eric Sondheimer, latimes.com, "Racing! New stallions try to give a boost in California," 2 July 2018 With an average of 150 live foals from each spring breeding season in Kentucky, American Pharoah was racking up more than $30 million in annual stallion fees. New York Times, "What’s Next for Justify? Maybe More Races, or Maybe Just the Breeding Shed," 12 June 2018 The aim for Bullard's team to is to get about 140 mares a year in foal by Dubawi. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "The Derby: Saxon Warrior set for '£50M payday' for Epsom Classic win," 31 May 2018 The foal will stay close to her mother for six months before joining the rest of the herd in the fall, park officials said. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Small herd of wild horses on NC barrier island welcomes an addition to the family | Charlotte Observer," 4 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, "Justify’s Triple Crown win huge, in light of greats who fell short," 9 June 2018 Stymie was foaled on King Ranch in Texas on April 9th, 1941. Max Watman, WSJ, "Running With Runyon," 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, "How to become a veterinarian: Career advice from 4 New Orleans vets," 22 May 2018 The striking chestnut colt was foaled in Kentucky on March 28, 2015. Paul Rolfes, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Derby winner Justify comes from a line of champions," 5 May 2018 The colt was foaled from an embryo transplant — a process not allowed in thoroughbreds — as a concession to his 22-year-old mother. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Forged check pays dividends at horse show | Tim Sullivan," 22 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of foal

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for foal

Noun

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

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foal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of foal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a young horse; especially : a horse that is less than one year old

foal

verb

English Language Learners Definition of foal (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give birth to a foal

foal

noun
\ˈfōl \

Kids Definition of foal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a young animal of the horse family especially when less than one year old

foal

verb
foaled; foaling

Kids Definition of foal (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give birth to a baby horse The mare will foal soon.

foal

noun
\ˈfōl \

Medical Definition of foal 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

Medical Definition of foal (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give birth to a foal

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