• From Middle English kennen ("to give birth, conceive, generate, beget; to develop (as a fetus), hatch out (of eggs); to sustain, nourish, nurture"), from Old English cennan ("to give birth, conceive, generate, beget"), from Proto-Germanic *kanjaną.
  • Northern and Scottish dialects from Middle English kennen, from Old English cennan ("make known, declare, acknowledge") originally “to make known”, causative of cunnan, from Proto-Germanic *kannijaną, causative of *kunnaną, from which comes the verb can. Cognate with West Frisian kenne ("to know; recognise"), Dutch kennen ("to know"), German kennen ("to know, be acquainted with someone/something"), Norwegian Bokmål kjenne, Norwegian Nynorsk kjenna, Old Norse kenna ("to know, perceive"), Swedish känna ("to know, feel"). See also: can, con.
  • The noun meaning “range of sight” is a nautical abbreviation of present participle kenning.
  • Perhaps from kennel.
  • Hebrew קֵן ("nest")
  • Japanese 間

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