- a young horse, mule, or related animal, especially one that is not yet one year of age.
verb (used with or without object)
- to give birth to (a colt or filly).
- the young of a horse or related animal
- to give birth to (a foal)
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 ).
“give birth (to a foal),” late 14c., from Foaled; foaling.(n.). Related: