What does FOAL mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. foal(verb)

    a young horse

  2. foal(verb)

    give birth to a foal

    "the mare foaled"


  1. foal(Noun)

    A young (male or female) horse, especially just after birth or less than a year old.

  2. foal(Verb)

    To give birth; to bear offspring.

  3. Origin: fola, from fulô, from pre-Germanic *pl̥Hon-, from pōlH- ‘animal young’ (compare πώλος, Latin pullus, pelë ‘mare’, ‘kid, fawn’).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Foal(noun)

    the young of any animal of the Horse family (Equidae); a colt; a filly

  2. Foal

    to bring forth (a colt); -- said of a mare or a she ass

  3. Foal

    to bring forth young, as an animal of the horse kind

  4. Origin: [OE. fole, AS. fola; akin to OHG. folo, G. fohlen, Goth. fula, Icel. foli, Sw. fle, Gr. pw^los, L. pullus a young animal. Cf. Filly, Poultry, Pullet.]


  1. Foal

    A foal is an equine, particularly a horse, that is one year old or younger. More specific terms are colt for a male foal and filly for a female foal, but these terms are used until the horse is age three or four. When the foal is nursing from its dam, it may also be called a suckling. After the young horse has been weaned from its dam, it may be called a weanling. After a horse is one year old, it is no longer a foal, and is called a yearling. There are no special age-related terms for young horses older than yearlings. When young horses reach breeding maturity, the terms change: a filly over the age of three is called a mare and a colt over the age of three is called a stallion. A castrated male horse is called a gelding, regardless of age, though colloquially the term "gelding colt" is sometimes used until a young gelding is three or four years old. Horses that mature at a small size are called ponies and are occasionally confused with foals. However, body proportions are very different. An adult pony can be ridden and put to work, while a foal, regardless of size, is too young to be ridden or used as a working animal. Foals, whether they grow up to be horse or pony-sized, can be distinguished from adult horses by their extremely long legs and small, slim bodies. Their heads and eyes also exhibit juvenile characteristics. Although ponies exhibit some neoteny with the wide foreheads and small size, their body proportions are similar to that of an adult horse. Pony foals are proportionally smaller than adults, but like horse foals, are slimmer and proportionally longer-legged than their adult parents.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Foal

    fōl, n. the young of a mare or of a she-ass.—v.i. and v.t. to bring forth a foal.—ns. Foal′foot, colts-foot; Foal′ing, bringing forth of a foal or young. [A.S. fola; Ger. fohlen, Gr. pōlos; L. pullus.]

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  1. AFOL, loaf, Olaf


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of FOAL in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of FOAL in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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  1. Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

    Poor little Foal of an oppressed race! I love the languid patience of thy face.

  2. Daniel Pinkston:

    If North Korea thought they could continue their accelerated pace of weapons testing and deployment without a response, they certainly were wrong, (With) the recent North Korean behavior, and with the Foal Eagle exercise going on, I think it's a good time (to deploy).

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