fillies

filly

[fil-ee]
noun, plural fillies.
1.
a young female horse.
2.
Informal. a girl or young woman.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English fyly < Old Norse fyla female foal

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filly (ˈfɪlɪ)
 
n , pl -lies
1.  a female horse or pony under the age of four
2.  informal, rare a spirited girl or young woman
 
[C15: from Old Norse fylja; related to Old High German fulihha; see foal]

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filly
1404, fyly, possibly from O.N. fylja, fem. of foli "foal" (see foal). Slang sense of "young girl" is from 1616.
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