from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To bear young. Used of sheep and goats.
- transitive v. To give birth to; bear. Used of sheep and goats.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To give birth to.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. To bring forth young, as a goat or a sheep; to ean.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bring forth young, as a goat or sheep; lamb.
Middle English iyenen, yenen, from Old English *geēanian : ge-, verb pref.; + ēanian, to bear young.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English *yenen, *ȝenen, eanen, from Old English *ġeēanian, ēanian ("to yean, bring forth young (usually lambs), bring forth as a ewe") (for the prefixed form, compare Old English ġeēane ("yeaning")), from Proto-Germanic *gaaunōnan, *aunōnan (“to yean, lamb”), from Proto-Indo-European *agʷn- (“lamb”). Cognate with Scots yean ("to yean"), West Frisian eandsje, inje ("to yean"), Dutch onen ("to yean"), Swedish dialectal öna ("to yean"). Akin also to Latin agnus, Greek ἀμνός (amnos), Old Irish úan ("lamb"), and to ewe. See also ean. (Wiktionary)