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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The young offspring of a horse or other equine animal, especially one under a year old.
  • intransitive v. To give birth to a foal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A young (male or female) horse, especially just after birth or less than a year old.
  • v. To give birth; to bear offspring.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The young of any animal of the Horse family (Equidæ); a colt; a filly.
  • intransitive v. To bring forth young, as an animal of the horse kind.
  • transitive v. To bring forth (a colt); -- said of a mare or a she ass.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bring forth, as a colt or filly: said of a mare or a she-ass.
  • To bring forth young, as an animal of the horse kind.
  • n. The young of the equine genus of quadrupeds, of either sex; a colt or a filly.
  • n. In coal-mining. See the extract.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a young horse
  • v. give birth to a foal

Etymologies

Middle English fole, from Old English fola.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English fola, from Proto-Germanic *fulô, from pre-Germanic *pl̥Hon-, from Proto-Indo-European *pōlH- ‘animal young’ (compare Ancient Greek πώλος (pṓlos), Latin pullus, Albanian pelë ‘mare’, Armenian ul ‘kid, fawn’). (Wiktionary)

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