- 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 foaling
The prodigy connected with this siege of Babylon was the foaling of a mule.Darius the Great
She will be the better for light working till near the time of foaling, if well, but not too abundantly fed.Domestic Animals
Richard L. Allen
The mare should be left quite to herself when foaling, except in extreme cases, which fortunately very rarely occur.Riding for Ladies
Mrs. Power O'Donoghue
A brood mare requires plenty of exercise at a slow pace and may work, except between shafts or on a road, till the day of foaling.
Mares most readily conceive when served at the “foal heat” eleven days after foaling.
- the young of a horse or related animal
- to give birth to (a foal)
Word Origin and History for foaling
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.