One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(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’
- ‘The sheep yeaned without any bother and there was no need for overtime in the ‘maternity unit’.’
- ‘When the Riabhog days are done, the temperature rises, the lambs are yeaned under the hawthorn trees.’
Late Middle English: perhaps representing an Old English verb related to ēanian ‘to lamb’.
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