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A mare and foal.


From Middle English fole, from Old English fola, from Proto-Germanic *fulô, from pre-Germanic *pl̥Hon-, from Proto-Indo-European *pōlH- ‘animal young’ (cognate with West Frisian fôle, foalle, Dutch veulen, German Fohlen, Swedish fåle; compare also Ancient Greek πῶλος (pôlos), Latin pullus, Albanian pelë (mare), Old Armenian ուլ (ul, kid, fawn). Related to filly.



foal (plural foals)

  1. A young horse or related animal, especially just after birth or less than a year old.
  2. (mining, historical) A young boy who assisted the headsman by pushing or pulling the tub.



foal (third-person singular simple present foals, present participle foaling, simple past and past participle foaled)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To give birth to (a foal); to bear offspring.
    • 1877, Anna Sewell, Black Beauty Chapter 22[1]
      "Well," said John, "I don't believe there is a better pair of horses in the country, and right grieved I am to part with them, but they are not alike; the black one is the most perfect temper I ever knew; I suppose he has never known a hard word or a blow since he was foaled, and all his pleasure seems to be to do what you wish []


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