foal

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v foal give birth to a foal "the mare foaled"
    • n foal a young horse
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Baby donkeys or baby mules are also known as "Foals."
    • n Foal fōl (Zoö) The young of any animal of the Horse family Equidæ; a colt; a filly.
    • v. t Foal fōl To bring forth (a colt); -- said of a mare or a she ass.
    • v. i Foal fōl To bring forth young, as an animal of the horse kind.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n foal The young of the equine genus of quadrupeds, of either sex; a colt or a filly.
    • n foal In coal-mining. See the extract.
    • foal To bring forth, as a colt or filly: said of a mare or a she-ass.
    • foal To bring forth young, as an animal of the horse kind.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Foal fōl the young of a mare or of a she-ass
    • v.i., v.t Foal to bring forth a foal
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Quotations

  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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    “Poor little Foal of an oppressed race! I love the languid patience of thy face.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fole, AS. fola,; akin to OHG. folo, G. fohlen, Goth. fula, Icel. foli, Sw. fåle, Gr. pw^los, L. pullus, a young animal. Cf. Filly Poultry Pullet

Usage

In literature:

Near this person is a mare lying down, and a foal standing by it which a boy is approaching.
"Six Centuries of Painting" by Randall Davies
All this time the foal kept jamming up against its mother.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 57, No. 351, January 1845" by Various
Calves and foals are less frequently affected with rickets than dogs and pigs.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
His foal's foot slade.
"Rhymes Old and New" by M.E.S. Wright
Therefore there were many irregularities in the foal's course.
"A Danish Parsonage" by John Fulford Vicary
There was a foal, too, in the enclosure, such a pretty one.
"Absolution" by Clara Viebig
In general appearance he is like a year-old foal.
"Legends & Romances of Brittany" by Lewis Spence
Well Mary the foal's sould at last.
"The Turn of the Road" by Rutherford Mayne
Once in, they took it calmly enough, and, the brave little foal leading, soon reached the farther bank.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 26, July 1880." by Various
The foal will kick backwards, and the old horse will stand.
"Ditte: Girl Alive!" by Martin Andersen Nexo
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In poetry:

Three little foals you see at play.
They romp and sport all through the day,
But sometimes they are most sedate
And try to ape their mothers' gait.
"At Play" by Mary Tourtel
"Grant me my life, my liege, my king!
And a bonnie gift I'll gi'e to thee;
Full four-and-twenty milk-white steeds,
Were all foal'd in ae year to me.
"Johnnie Armstrang" by Andrew Lang
On Cruachan's plain slept he
That must sing in a rhyme
What most could shake his soul:
'The stallion Eternity
Mounted the mare of Time,
'Gat the foal of the world.'
"Tom At Cruachan" by William Butler Yeats
The kine streamed forth from stall and byre,
The foal frisked round its mother staid,
The meads, by sunshine warmed, took fire,
And lambs in pasture, bleating, played.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Why should we linger, when all things pass?
We have buried old Winter beneath the grass,
Seen the first larch break, heard the first lamb bleat,
Watched the first foal stoop to its mother's teat:
"The Passing Of The Primroses" by Alfred Austin
Let him go!—let him go! Let him plunge!—Keep away!
He's a foal of the third seal's brood!
Gaunt with armour, in grim array
Of poitrel and frontlet-hood,
Let him go, a living castle, away—
Right for the evil wood.
"The Three Horses" by George MacDonald

In news:

Seattle Slew Foals Part of First Phase.
British Breeders' Freedman Calls for Change in Registration of Premature Foals.
Rachel Alexandra and her first foal, Jess 's Dream.
First Mare in Foal to Kodiak Kowboy.
Distorted Humor, is the first mare pronounced in foal to dual champion.
View full size Marion County Sheriff's Office Three malnourished horses were seized by Marion County Sheriff's deputies on Wednesday, including this mare and foal, from a property in Turner.
3 malnourished Ore. (AP) — Marion County sheriff's officers have seized two malnourished horses and a foal from a property in Turner and taken the owner into custody.
Founded in May 2006 as a temporary, no-kill sanctuary for mares and foals.
Died following foal's difficult birth.
View full size United Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals An 11-week-old foal that was malnourished has accepted a nurse mare and is expected to recover at the USPCA in Yamhill.
A newly born and malnourished foal seized from a 33-year-old Sublimity woman is faring well at a horse rescue in Yamhill.
Nurse- mare program helps rescue foals.
MOUNT VERNON — Last April, James Gabriel and his wife, Gisela, adopted two foals from Last Chance Corral, an equine rescue operation in Athens.
Breezy Bell beat astronomical odds April 7 and gave birth to twin foals.
Twin foals are rare for many reasons.
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