[ yeen ]
/ yin /

verb (used without object)

(of a sheep or goat) to bring forth young.

Origin of yean

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for yean

/ (jiːn) /


(of a sheep or goat) to give birth to (offspring)

Word Origin for yean

Old English geēanian; related to Dutch oonen to bring forth young, Latin agnus lamb; see ewe
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