Filly


Filly

A filly is a young female horse too young to be called a mare. There are several specific definitions in use.

*In most cases "filly" is a female horse under the age of four years old.
*In some nations, the world of horse racing sets the cutoff age for fillies as younger than five years.Fact|date=June 2007

The equivalent term for a male is a colt. When horses of either sex are less than one year of age, they are referred to as foals. [citation|title=Modern Livestock and Poultry Production |author=James R Gillespie|year=2000|publisher=Thomson Delmar Learning|url= http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN0766816079&id=_yVilNaM4z0C&pg=PA645&lpg=PA645&ots=vqmXtDvPcc&dq=Filly+definition+horse&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html&sig=H2saO_rR3KUS1do4_sMH5uXa0qw|id=ISBN 0766816079] Horses between one and two years of age may also be called yearlings.

On June 9, 2007, Rags to Riches became the first filly to win the Belmont Stakes since 1905. [cite web|url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/more/06/09/belmont.ap/index.html|title=Girl power: Rags to Riches first filly to win Belmont since 1905|publisher=Sports Illustrated|date=2007-06-09|author=The Associated Press|accessdate=2007-06-09]

ee also

*Mare
*Foal
*Weanling
*Yearling (horse)

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  • Filly — Fil ly, n.; pl. {Fillies}. [Cf. Icel. fylia, fr. foli foal. See {Foal}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A female foal or colt; a young mare. Cf. {Colt}, {Foal}. [1913 Webster] Neighing in likeness of a filly foal. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A lively, spirited young… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • filly — c.1400, fyly, possibly from O.N. fylja, fem. of foli foal (see FOAL (Cf. foal)). Slang sense of young girl is from 1610s …   Etymology dictionary

  • filly — ► NOUN (pl. fillies) 1) a young female horse, especially one less than four years old. 2) humorous a lively girl or young woman. ORIGIN Old Norse, related to FOAL(Cf. ↑foal) …   English terms dictionary

  • filly — [fil′ē] n. pl. fillies [ME filli < ON fylja, fem. of foli, FOAL] 1. a young female horse, specif. one under five years of age 2. Informal a vivacious young woman or girl …   English World dictionary

  • filly — UK [ˈfɪlɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms filly : singular filly plural fillies 1) a young female horse 2) old fashioned a young woman. Men used to use this word, but people now consider it offensive …   English dictionary

  • Filly — Sciez Sciez Administration Pays France Région Rhône Alpes Département Haute Savoie Arrondissement Arrondissement de Thonon les Bains Canton …   Wikipédia en Français

  • filly — noun a) A young female horse. Hey, Homer, get a load of the gams on that filly! b) A young attractive female …   Wiktionary

  • filly — [[t]fɪ̱li[/t]] fillies N COUNT A filly is a young female horse …   English dictionary

  • filly — noun (plural fillies) Etymology: Middle English fyly, from Old Norse fylja; akin to Old English fola foal Date: 15th century 1. a young female horse usually of less than four years 2. a young woman ; girl …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • filly — /fil ee/, n., pl. fillies. 1. a young female horse. 2. Informal. a girl or young woman. [1400 50; late ME fyly < ON fyla female FOAL] * * * …   Universalium


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