spean

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English *spene, *spane, from Old English spane, spanu (teat), from Proto-Germanic *spenô (nipple), from Proto-Indo-European *pstḗn (breast; teat). Cognate with West Frisian spien (nipple), Dutch speen (nipple), Danish spene (teat), Swedish spene (teat, nipple, dug), Icelandic speni (teat).

Alternatively a borrowing from Dutch speen (nipple, teat), from the same Proto-Germanic origin as above.

Noun[edit]

spean (plural speans)

  1. (archaic or dialectal) A teat or nipple of a cow

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English spanen (to wean), probably a borrowing from Middle Dutch spanen, spenen or Middle Low German spānen, spēnen, spōnen (to wean), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *spanjaną, *spanōną, from Proto-Germanic *spenô (nipple), from Proto-Indo-European *pstḗn (breast; teat). Cognate with Dutch spenen (to wean), German spänen (to wean), Old French espanir (to wean) (< Germanic).

Verb[edit]

spean (third-person singular simple present speans, present participle speaning, simple past and past participle speaned)

  1. (archaic) to wean

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