- (of a sheep or goat) to bring forth young.
Origin of yean
Examples from the Web for yean
Thank heaven, I haven't had a woman in the house these seven yean; so all's snug.Three Courses and a Dessert
- (of a sheep or goat) to give birth to (offspring)
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.