Definition of yean in English:


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Pronunciation: /jiːn


[with object] archaic
  • (Of a sheep or goat) give birth to (a lamb or kid): the day a lamb was yeaned [no object]: the ewes yean in a yard or standing pen
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    • 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’.


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

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