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yean

[yeen] /yin/
verb (used without object)
1.
(of a sheep or goat) to bring forth young.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
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/
verb
1.
(of a sheep or goat) to give birth to (offspring)
Word Origin
Old English geēanian; related to Dutch oonen to bring forth young, Latin agnus lamb; see ewe
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Word Origin and History for yeaning
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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