To bear young. Used of sheep and goats.
To give birth to (young); bear. Used of sheep and goats.
To bring forth (young)
To give birth to young; bear. Used of sheep and goats.
(obsolete, of goats or sheep) To give birth to.
Origin of yean
- Middle English iyenen, yenen from Old English geēanian ge- verb pref. kom in Indo-European roots ēanian to bear young
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English *yenen, *Èenen, eanen, from Old English *Ä¡eÄ“anian, Ä“anian (“to yean, bring forth young (usually lambs), bring forth as a ewe") (for the prefixed form, compare Old English Ä¡eÄ“ane (“yeaning")), from Proto-Germanic *gaaunÅnÄ…, *aunÅnÄ… (“to yean, lamb"), from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚‚egÊ·nos (“lamb"). Cognate with Scots yean (“to yean"), West Frisian eandsje, inje (“to yean"), Dutch onen (“to yean"), Swedish dialectal Ã¶na (“to yean"). Akin also to Latin agnus, Greek á¼€Î¼Î½ÏŒÏ‚ (amnos), Old Irish Ãºan (“lamb"), and to ewe. See also ean.