From Middle English *yenen, *ȝenen, eanen, from Old English *ġeēanian, ēanian (“to yean, bring forth young (usually lambs), bring forth as a ewe”) (for the prefixed form, compare Old English ġeēane (“yeaning”)), from Proto-Germanic *gaaunōną, *aunōną (“to yean, lamb”), from Proto-Indo-European *agʷn- (“lamb”). Cognate with Scots yean (“to yean”), West Frisian eandsje, inje (“to yean”), Dutch onen (“to yean”), Swedish dialectal öna (“to yean”). Akin also to Latin agnus, Greek ἀμνός (amnos), Old Irish úan (“lamb”), and to ewe. See also ean.
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