a. A young sheep, especially one that is not yet weaned.
b. The flesh of a young sheep used as meat.
2. A sweet, mild-mannered person; a dear.
3. One who can be duped or cheated especially in financial matters.
4. Lamb Christianity Jesus.
intr.v. lambed, lamb·ing, lambs
To give birth to a young sheep.
[Middle English, from Old English.]
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