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

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 Arkhipov also raises foals for meat, which in Sakha culture is sometimes consumed sliced thin, raw and frozen. oregonlive, "In fast-thawing Siberia, radical climate change is warping the Earth beneath the feet of millions," 5 Oct. 2019 Arkhipov also raises foals for meat, which in Sakha culture is sometimes consumed sliced thin, raw and frozen. Anton Troianovski, Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "In fast-thawing Siberia, radical climate change is warping the earth beneath the feet of millions," 4 Oct. 2019 Antony Tira, a Maasai guide who first spotted the foal, named him Tira. National Geographic, "Rare polka-dotted zebra foal photographed in Kenya," 18 Sep. 2019 Assateague Island is a 38 mile-long wildlife refuge that since anyone can remember has been home to a herd of wild ponies that fluctuates in size every spring with a crop of new, knock-kneed foals. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "Following in the Wake of a Storybook Pony," 8 July 2019 Per Chicnoteague Chamber of Commerce and Certified Visitor Center, 57 foals were auctioned this year for a record-setting total of $271,700. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Watch Wild Ponies Swim at Chincoteague in Annual Virginia Tradition," 26 July 2019 Then there were some people who made up their own situations, just as someone supplied different horse names for the foal contest. Washington Post, "Style Conversational Week 1340: Terrible twos," 11 July 2019 This year, to celebrate our 15th anniversary, the Feather Fund purchased foals for three children. Lois Szymanski, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Szymanski: Ponies, feathers and angels among us during swim day," 2 Aug. 2019 The lack of big fields and shrinking foal numbers would tell you this is not a sustainable model. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Game Winner is back in winning form," 14 July 2019 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, "Where Have All the Race Horses Gone?," 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, "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 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

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

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“Foal.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foal?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=f&file=foal0001. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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More Definitions for foal

foal

noun
How to pronounce foal (audio)

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

Medical Definition of foal (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give birth to a foal

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