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verb (used with object) Chiefly Scot.
  1. to wean.
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Origin of spean

1565–75; variant of dial. spane, Middle English spanen; cognate with Low German, Dutch spenen, German (dial.) Spänen
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Historical Examples of spean

  • O for a good wat nurse to spean ye, like John Adamson's lambs!

    The Shepherd's Calendar

    James Hogg

  • This supposes that a vast barrier of ice still remains under Ben Nevis, along all the lower part of the Spean.

  • This would, I can suppose, account for the sloping terraces along the Spean.

  • An English officer, a prisoner taken at Spean, stood by, an unwilling spectator of the scene.