yean

verb
\ ˈyēn How to pronounce yean (audio) , ˈēn How to pronounce yean (audio) \
yeaned; yeaning; yeans

Definition of yean

intransitive verb

: to bring forth young used of a sheep or goat

First Known Use of yean

1548, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yean

Middle English yenen, from Old English *geēanian, from Old English ge-, perfective prefix + ēanian to yean; akin to Latin agnus lamb, Greek amnos

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“Yean.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yean. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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