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 Forest officials confirmed in a Jan. 13 press release the deaths of four horses with bullet wounds: three adults — including a pregnant mare — and one foal. Jamie Landers, The Arizona Republic, "Forest Service plans to minimize wild horses in Heber move to final stages of public comment," 27 Mar. 2021 Of the 20,000 or so horses among the North American foal crop each year, only a maximum of 20 make it. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Hot Rod Charlie carrying Del Mar’s Bill Strauss to Kentucky Derby," 27 Mar. 2021 This is also the 10th foal out of this dam, with seven of the nine foals winners on the track, always great to see. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Baffert and Swiss Skydiver have a good day," 14 Mar. 2021 Authentic will go for $75,000 for each breeding that results in a live foal. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Authentic retires from racing," 9 Nov. 2020 Dallas also has a zebra foal named Sukari, and Fort Worth has a young lesser kudu. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Fun things to do in November in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 6 Nov. 2020 Dallas also has a zebra foal named Sukari, and Fort Worth has a young lesser kudu. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Fun things to do this month in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 29 Oct. 2020 The foal represents hope for the survival of the Przewalski species. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Cloned the Most Endangered Horse in the World—From 40-Year-Old DNA," 26 Oct. 2020 Dallas also has a zebra foal named Sukari, and Fort Worth has a young lesser kudu. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Fun things to do in October in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 1 Oct. 2020 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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“Foal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foal. Accessed 13 Apr. 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

Medical Definition of foal (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give birth to a foal

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