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[fohl] /foʊl/
a young horse, mule, or related animal, especially one that is not yet one year of age.
verb (used with or without object)
to give birth to (a colt or filly).
Origin of foal
before 950; (noun) Middle English fole, Old English fola; cognate with Old High German folo (German Fohlen); akin to Latin pullus young animal, Greek pôlos foal; (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun
Related forms
unfoaled, adjective Unabridged
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  • He journeyed on till, after a short lapse of time, he reached the Red Sea, which he crossed on the back of his foal.

  • For as the lion's whelp may be called a lion, or the horse's foal a foal, so the son of a king may be called a king.

    Cratylus Plato
  • In such cases it has repeatedly been found impossible to extract the foal until such adhesions were broken down.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
  • In the course of their walk, they stopped to notice the gambols of an ass's foal.

    The Jest Book Mark Lemon
  • If any mare happens to be unruly, her foal is brought, and allowed to suck a little, after which the milker again succeeds.

  • Then you must lay hands on the mare and foal and catch them.

    The Yellow Fairy Book Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
  • The foal brought Lawn Dyarrig out by another way to the upper world, and took him to Erin.

  • In the course of their walk they stopped to notice the gambols of an ass's foal.

    Heads and Tales Various
  • Poor "Nell Gwynne's" foal knocked up to-day, after having kept up bravely since the mare's death.

    The Overland Expedition of The Messrs. Jardine Frank Jardine and Alexander Jardine
British Dictionary definitions for foal


the young of a horse or related animal
to give birth to (a foal)
Word Origin
Old English fola; related to Old Frisian fola, Old High German folo foal, Latin pullus young creature, Greek pōlos foal
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Word Origin and History for foal

Old English fola "foal, colt," from Proto-Germanic *fulon (cf. Old Saxon folo, Middle Dutch and Dutch veulen, Old Norse foli, Old Frisian fola, Old High German folo, German Fohlen, Gothic fula), from PIE *pulo- "young of an animal" (cf. Greek polos "foal," Latin pullus "a young animal," Albanian pele "mare"), from root *pau- "few, little" (see few).


"give birth (to a foal)," late 14c., from foal (n.). Related: Foaled; foaling.


"give birth (to a foal)," late 14c., from foal (n.). Related: Foaled; foaling.

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