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yean

Syllabification: yean
Pronunciation: /yēn
 
/

Definition of yean in English:

verb

[with object] archaic
(Of a sheep or goat) give birth to (a lamb or kid).
Example sentences
  • When the Riabhog days are done, the temperature rises, the lambs are yeaned under the hawthorn trees.
  • The sheep yeaned without any bother and there was no need for overtime in the ‘maternity unit’.

Origin

late Middle English: perhaps representing an Old English verb related to ēanian 'to lamb'.

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