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[yeen] /yin/
verb (used without object)
(of a sheep or goat) to bring forth young.
Origin of yean
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English yenen, probably continuing Old English *geēanian to bring forth young, equivalent to ge- y- + ēanian to yean, akin to Latin agnus, Greek ámnos lamb Unabridged
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(of a sheep or goat) to give birth to (offspring)
Word Origin
Old English geēanian; related to Dutch oonen to bring forth young, Latin agnus lamb; see ewe
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Word Origin and History for yean

Old English eanian "to bring forth" (young), especially in reference to sheep or goats, from Proto-Germanic *agwnojanan (cf. Dutch oonen), perhaps from PIE *agwhnos "lamb" (cf. Greek amnos "lamb," Latin agnus, Old Church Slavonic agne, Old Irish van, Welsh oen). Yeanling "young lamb, kid" is recorded from 1630s.

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