foal

noun
\ ˈfōl How to pronounce foal (audio) \

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 In his debut short, the filmmaker follows Angelica, a Romanian woman living in the Spanish province of Aragon, who is shaken after witnessing the birth of a foal. Jamie Lang, Variety, 24 Sep. 2021 Officials said the crash with the 4-year-old mare, Moonshadow, and her foal, Moonbeam, happened in late June along Bayberry Drive — the main road into Assateague Island. Washington Post, 27 July 2021 Significant discoveries, including mammoths, woolly rhinos, Ice Age foal, several puppies and cave lion cubs, have been made in Siberia in recent years as the permafrost melts. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 7 Aug. 2021 Officials said the crash with the 4-year-old mare, Moonshadow, and her foal, Moonbeam, happened in late June along Bayberry Drive, the main road into Assateague Island. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 1 Aug. 2021 The Hogle Zoo previously asked visitors for help deciding on the foal's name before eventually settling on Zion. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 17 June 2021 And just last week, Ben’s spouse, Rivka Liss-Levinson, galloped off with some foal-name ink for her 14th. Washington Post, 6 May 2021 The foal is one of this year's babies and was just doing what comes naturally. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 24 June 2021 Earlier this year, the Hogle Zoo welcomed another Hartmann's mountain zebra - a foal named Zion. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 17 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: 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

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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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14 Oct 2021

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“Foal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foal. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for foal

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 How to pronounce foal (audio) \

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 How to pronounce foal (audio) \

Medical Definition of foal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

foal

intransitive verb

Medical Definition of foal (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give birth to a foal

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