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foal

[fohl] /foʊl/
noun
1.
a young horse, mule, or related animal, especially one that is not yet one year of age.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
2.
to give birth to (a colt or filly).
Origin
950
before 950; (noun) Middle English fole, Old English fola; cognate with Old High German folo (German Fohlen); akin to Latin pullus young animal, Greek pôlos foal; (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun
Related forms
unfoaled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for foaling

foal

/fəʊl/
noun
1.
the young of a horse or related animal
verb
2.
to give birth to (a foal)
Word Origin
Old English fola; related to Old Frisian fola, Old High German folo foal, Latin pullus young creature, Greek pōlos foal
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Word Origin and History for foaling

foal

n.

Old English fola "foal, colt," from Proto-Germanic *fulon (cf. Old Saxon folo, Middle Dutch and Dutch veulen, Old Norse foli, Old Frisian fola, Old High German folo, German Fohlen, Gothic fula), from PIE *pulo- "young of an animal" (cf. Greek polos "foal," Latin pullus "a young animal," Albanian pele "mare"), from root *pau- "few, little" (see few).

v.

"give birth (to a foal)," late 14c., from foal (n.). Related: Foaled; foaling.

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