year·​ling | \ ˈyir-liŋ How to pronounce yearling (audio) , ˈyər-lən\

Definition of yearling

: one that is a year old: such as
a : an animal one year old or in the second year of its age
b : a racehorse between January 1 of the year after the year in which it was foaled and the next January 1

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Another yearling and a sow were nearby in the brush, acting aggressively by making noises with their mouths and stomping, said Ontario Provincial Police Constable Jim Davis. Author: Mary Lynn Smith, Anchorage Daily News, "Minnesota woman killed by black bear on Canadian island," 5 Sep. 2019 Another yearling and a female bear were also reportedly nearby, acting aggressively in the surrounding brush. Claudia Harmata,, "Black Bear Kills American Woman in Canada in 'Extremely Rare' Attack," 5 Sep. 2019 The logic is that as lions give birth, the older males force out the yearlings to establish their own turf, and that gives rise to a natural expansion of population. Tom Stienstra,, "Bears, elk, sharks crown landmark wildlife surge," 17 Aug. 2019 Be sure to give cow elks, which can be aggressive while protecting their yearling calves, plenty of room. Tom Stienstra,, "As crowds diminish, Prairie Creek Redwoods stands tall," 21 Aug. 2019 The yearling was the 83rd Florida bear to die in a collision with a vehicle so far this year and the fifth on I-4 since the new year began. Stephen Hudak,, "Bear kill on I-4 in Orlando is region’s fourth in less than two weeks," 26 June 2019 Among the three yearlings relocated last year, one was shot and killed by a hunter in Quebec about three weeks later. Washington Post, "Foraging bear spared by governor returns to town with 4 cubs," 13 Apr. 2018 Nine months later, the Ohio native and owner of Loooch Racing Stables purchased a yearling for $150,000 at the Fasig-Tipton October sale. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "His daughter died of opioid overdose. Now his Oaks horse runs for her," 3 May 2018 Among the lost so far this season: a 31-foot-long yearling gray whale that was hit by a ship and washed ashore on Thursday, dying hours later. Anchorage Daily News, "Whale strandings off Washington-Oregon coast highest in nearly 2 decades," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of yearling

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of yearling

: an animal (such as a horse) that is between one and two years old


year·​ling | \ ˈyir-liŋ How to pronounce yearling (audio) \

Kids Definition of yearling

: an animal that is between one and two years old

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