yean

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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[1], Greek ἀμνός (amnós)[2], Old Irish úan (lamb), and to ewe[1]. See also ean.

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yean (third-person singular simple present yeans, present participle yeaning, simple past and past participle yeaned)

  1. (transitive, archaic, of goats or sheep) To give birth to.

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