yean

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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 *h₂egʷnos ‎(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[1], Greek ἀμνός ‎(amnós)[2], Old Irish úan ‎(lamb), and to ewe[1]. See also ean.

Verb[edit]

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

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

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Etymology in Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
  2. ^ Etymology in Merriam-Webster's Dictionary

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