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yen 1 (yĕn)
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n.
A strong desire or inclination; a yearning or craving.
intr.v. yenned, yen·ning, yens
To have a strong desire or inclination; yearn.

[Cantonese jyun6, hope, wish, from Middle Chinese ŋyan` (also the source of Mandarin yuàn).]

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yen 2 (yĕn)
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n. pl. yen
See Table at currency.

[Japanese en (romanized as yen in the first European systems for romanizing Japanese, reflecting Japanese pronunciation of the 16th century), from Middle Chinese yan, round (in reference to the shape of the coin); also the source of Mandarin yuán, round; see YUAN.]

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