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From Middle English lamb, from Old English lamb, from Proto-Germanic *lambaz (compare Dutch lam, German Lamm, Swedish lamm, Finnish lammas), from Proto-Indo-European *h?l?h?onb?os (compare Scottish Gaelic lon (“elk”), Ancient Greek ?????? (élaphos, “red deer”)), enlargement of *h?elh?én. More at elk.
- A young sheep.
- The flesh of a lamb or sheep used as food.
- (figuratively) A person who is meek, docile and easily led.
- A simple, unsophisticated person.
- (finance, slang) One who ignorantly speculates on the stock exchange and is victimized.
- (intransitive) Of a sheep, to give birth.
- (transitive or intransitive) To assist (sheep) to give birth.