colthood

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From colt +‎ -hood.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

colthood (uncountable)

  1. The state of being a colt; the youth of a (male) horse.
    • 1876, Various, Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science[1]:
      Their ruddy faces and somewhat cumbrous forms belong to the animal period of life that links together boyhood, colthood and calfhood.
    • 1917, B. M. Bower, The Lookout Man[2]:
      She had a vague notion that all horses nowadays were trained from their colthood to buck--whatever that was.
    • 1922, Max Brand, Alcatraz[3]:
      In the old days of his colthood, a barelegged boy used to come into the pasture and jump on his bare back.