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See also: -ean, Ean, EAN, -eán, éan, and ἐάν



From Middle English enen, from Old English ēanian (to yean, bring forth young, bring forth lambs), from Proto-Germanic *aunōną (to bring forth lambs).

Alternate etymology derives the Old English word from a corruption of Old English ēacnian (to add, increase, be enlarged, be augmented, become pregnant, conceive, bring forth, produce), from ēacen (increased, augmented), from ēaca (an addition, increase, eeking), from Proto-Germanic *aukô (increase), from Proto-Indo-European *aweg-, *awek- (to increase). More at eke.


ean (third-person singular simple present eans, present participle eaning, simple past and past participle eaned)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To bring forth young; yean.

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