Foal vs Calf - What's the difference?

foal | calf |


As nouns the difference between foal and calf

is that foal is a young (male or female) horse, especially just after birth or less than a year old while calf is a young cow or bull.

As a verb foal

is to give birth; to bear offspring.

foal

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A young (male or female) horse, especially just after birth or less than a year old.
  • Verb

  • (equestrian) To give birth; to bear offspring.
  • * 1877 , (Anna Sewell), (Black Beauty) Chapter 22[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Black_Beauty/22]
  • "Well," said John, "I don't believe there is a better pair of horses in the country, and right grieved I am to part with them, but they are not alike; the black one is the most perfect temper I ever knew; I suppose he has never known a hard word or a blow since he was foaled , and all his pleasure seems to be to do what you wish...

    See also

    * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l)

    Anagrams

    * (l), (l), (l)

    calf

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) cealf, from (etyl) .

    Noun

    (en-noun)
  • A young cow or bull.
  • Leather made of the skin of the calf; especially, a fine, light-coloured leather used in bookbinding.
  • A young elephant, seal or whale (also used of some other animals).
  • A chunk of ice broken off of a larger glacier, ice shelf, or iceberg.
  • (Kane)
  • A small island, near a larger island.
  • the Calf of Man
  • A cabless railroad engine.
  • (informal, dated) An awkward or silly boy or young man; any silly person; a dolt.
  • * Drayton
  • some silly, doting, brainless calf
    Synonyms
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    Derived terms
    * * * *
    See also
    * cow * veal

    Etymology 2

    (etyl) kalfi, possibly derived from the same Germanic root as ().

    Noun

    (en-noun)
  • (anatomy) The back of the leg below the knee.
  • The muscle in the back of the leg below the knee.
  • * 1988 , Steve Holman, "Christian Conquers Columbus", , 47 (6): 28-34.
  • Sure, his calves are a little weak, but the rest of his physique is so overwhelming, he should place high.
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