- a young horse, mule, or related animal, especially one that is not yet one year of age.
- to give birth to (a colt or filly).
Origin of foal
Examples from the Web for foal
She should enjoy the limelight while it lasts, because she will soon be expected to produce a foal a year.Can These Two Horses Save Racing?
June 4, 2009
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
His mare being with foal, he had chosen to make the tedious journey on foot.Earth's Enigmas
Charles G. D. Roberts
In the course of their walk, they stopped to notice the gambols of an ass's foal.The Jest Book
There was no staid mare to guard that foal with the dark devotion of her eye.Fraternity
If he does not live, he is like a foal born lame in the springtime.Shaman
- the young of a horse or related animal
- to give birth to (a foal)
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.