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Yean

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To Yean. v.n. [anıan, Saxon.] To bring young. Used of sheep.

The skilful shepherd peel'd me certain wands;
He struck them up before the fulsome ewes,
Who, then conceiving, did in yeaning time
Fole party-colour'd lambs.
Shakespeare.

So many days my ewes have been with young:
So many weeks, ere the poor fools will yean.
Shakespeare.

      This I scarcely drag along,
Who yeaning on the rocks has left her young.
Dryden.

Ewes yean the polled lamb with the least danger. Mortimer.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 3 (39) · Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice (83) · Mortimer, John (62)

Attributes: Saxon (215) · Verb Neuter (131)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Yean." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 16, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=3063.


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