1. An adult male horse that has not been castrated, especially one kept for breeding, or an adult male of another equine species.
2. Slang A man regarded as virile and sexually active.
[Middle English stalione (alteration of staloun), from Anglo-Norman estaloun, of Germanic origin; see stel- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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