verb[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
More 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’.
late Middle English: perhaps representing an Old English verb related to ēanian 'to lamb'.
Definition of yean in:
- The US English dictionary