Yean
Yean Yean, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Yeaned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Yeaning}.] [AS. e['a]nian, or gee['a]nian; perhaps akin to E. ewe, or perhaps to L. agnus, Gr. ?. Cf. {Ean}.] To bring forth young, as a goat or a sheep; to ean. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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  • yean — yean; yean·ling; …   English syllables

  • yean — (v.) O.E. eanian to bring forth (young), especially in reference to sheep or goats, from P.Gmc. *agwnojanan (Cf. Du. oonen), perhaps from PIE *agwhnos lamb (Cf. Gk. amnos lamb, L. agnus, O.C.S. agne, O.Ir. van, Welsh oen). Yeanling …   Etymology dictionary

  • yean — [yēn] vt., vi. [ME genen < OE * ge eanian < ge (see Y ) + eanian, to bring forth lambs, akin to Du oonen < IE base * agwhnos, lamb > Gr amnos, L agnus, lamb] to bring forth (young): said of a sheep or goat …   English World dictionary

  • yean — intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English yenen, from Old English *geēanian, from Old English ge , perfective prefix + ēanian to yean; akin to Latin agnus lamb, Greek amnos Date: 1548 to bring forth young used of a sheep or goat …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • yean — /yeen/, v.i. (of a sheep or goat) to bring forth young. [1375 1425; late ME yenen, prob. continuing OE *geeanian to bring forth young, equiv. to ge Y + eanian to yean, akin to L agnus, Gk ámnos lamb] * * * …   Universalium

  • yean — [[t]yin[/t]] v. i. zool. (of a sheep or goat) to bring forth young • Etymology: 1375–1425; late ME yenen, OE *geēanian to bring forth young =ge y +ēanian to yean, akin to L agnus, Gk ámnos lamb …   From formal English to slang

  • yean — jɪːn v. give birth to a young goat or sheep (Archaic) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • yean — [ji:n] verb archaic (of a sheep or goat) give birth to (a lamb or kid). Origin ME: perh. representing an OE verb related to ēanian to lamb …   English new terms dictionary

  • yean — v. n. Lamb, bring forth a lamb …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • yean — /jin/ (say yeen) verb (t) 1. (of a sheep or goat) to bring forth (a lamb or a kid). –verb (i) 2. to bring forth young. {Middle English yene, Old English geēanian bring forth (young) …   Australian English dictionary

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