yean

Jul. 11th, 2017 07:32 am
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yean (YEEN) - v.t., (arch.) (of sheep or goats) to give birth to.


To lamb, only also applicable to goats. In Old English, it was almost always specifically to lamb, and the ultimate PIE root is *h₂egʷnos, a lamb. But as anyone who has looked at caprids knows, they are a spectrum and it can be hard to tell, among the the varieties in the middle, which is a sheep and which a goat -- and indeed the hanzi 羊 means any caprid. Regardless, I find it cool that we have, or once had, a verb specific to giving birth to a lamb or kid.

---L.

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