[ fohl ]
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  1. a young horse, mule, or related animal, especially one that is not yet one year of age.

verb (used with or without object)
  1. 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

Other words from foal

  • un·foaled, adjective

Words Nearby foal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use foal in a sentence

  • She should enjoy the limelight while it lasts, because she will soon be expected to produce a foal a year.

  • His mare being with foal, he had chosen to make the tedious journey on foot.

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  • The poor mare had unfortunately been unable to procure his help—though she tried her best—in time to save her foal.

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  • Adul had caught a kiang foal four months old, which was ill and kept always turning round.

  • If health is to be preserved in early youth, the child must be treated on the same principle as a foal would be.

British Dictionary definitions for foal


/ (fəʊl) /

  1. the young of a horse or related animal

  1. to give birth to (a foal)

Origin of foal

Old English fola; related to Old Frisian fola, Old High German folo foal, Latin pullus young creature, Greek pōlos foal

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