yean

yean

[yeen]
verb (used without object)
(of a sheep or goat) to bring forth young.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English yenen, probably continuing Old English *geēanian to bring forth young, equivalent to ge- y- + ēanian to yean, akin to Latin agnus, Greek ámnos lamb

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yean (jiːn)
 
vb
(of a sheep or goat) to give birth to (offspring)
 
[Old English geēanian; related to Dutch oonen to bring forth young, Latin agnus lamb; see ewe]

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yean
O.E. eanian "to bring forth" (young), especially in ref. to sheep or goats, from P.Gmc. *agwnojanan (cf. Du. oonen), perhaps from PIE *agwhnos "lamb" (cf. Gk. amnos "lamb," L. agnus, O.C.S. agne, O.Ir. van, Welsh oen). Yeanling "young lamb, kid" is recorded from 1637.
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