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.