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 ġeēan, ġeēane (“yeaning”, adjective)), from Proto-Germanic *gaaunōną, *aunōną (“to yean, lamb”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂egʷnos (“lamb”). Cognate with Scots yean (“to yean”), Saterland Frisian bejänne (“to produce; show signs of calving”), West Frisian antsje, eandsje, inje (“to yean”), Dutch onen (“to yean”), Swedish dialectal öna (“to yean”). Akin also to Latin agnus, Greek ἀμνός (amnós), Old Irish úan (“lamb”), and to ewe. See also ean.
- For usage examples of this term, see Citations:yean.