Definition of foal in English:

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Pronunciation: /fōl/


A young horse or related animal.
Example sentences
  • Most prepared diets for foals and young growing horses are extremely high in sugar.
  • Most predation probably occurs on foals and elderly animals.
  • The entire tribe, excepting young foals and their mothers, was out, fighting.


[no object]
1(Of a mare) give birth to a foal.
Example sentences
  • Middlesex Drive will stand for $2,500, with special consideration to mares foaling in Pennsylvania.
  • His stud fee has been set at $2,500, with a $500 discount to mares foaling in the state.
  • Three to six weeks before foaling, the mare's udder usually begins to develop.
1.1 (be foaled) (Of a foal) be born.
Example sentences
  • The overall statistics include 157 progeny covered by North American stallions that were foaled outside the continent.
  • The overall statistics include 185 progeny sired by North American stallions that were foaled abroad.
  • Her last foal was the Storm Cat filly Dreamlike, who was foaled in 1997 but is unraced.


in (or with) foal

(Of a mare) pregnant.
Example sentences
  • He is waiting to see if one of his precious mares is in foal.
  • There are mares in foal in nearby fields on top of the fact that it is lambing season.
  • She stopped at the stall of a bay mare heavy with foal.


Old English fola, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch veulen and German Fohlen, also to filly.

Words that rhyme with foal

barcarole, bole, bowl, cajole, coal, Cole, condole, console, control, dhole, dole, droll, enrol (US enroll), extol, goal, hole, Joel, knoll, kohl, mol, mole, Nicole, parol, parole, patrol, pole, poll, prole, rôle, roll, scroll, Seoul, shoal, skoal, sole, soul, stole, stroll, thole, Tirol, toad-in-the-hole, toll, troll, vole, whole

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