Pedigree

Ped"i*gree

(pd"*gr), n. [Of unknown origin; possibly fr. F. par degrs by degrees, -- for a pedigree is properly a genealogical table which records the relationship of families by degrees; or, perh., fr. F. pied de grue crane's foot, from the shape of the heraldic genealogical trees.] 1. A line of ancestors; descent; lineage; genealogy; a register or record of a line of ancestors.
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Alterations of surnames . . . have obscured the truth of our pedigrees.
Camden.
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His vanity labored to contrive us a pedigree.
Milton.
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I am no herald to inquire of men's pedigrees.
Sir P. Sidney.
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The Jews preserved the pedigrees of their tribes.
Atterbury.
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2. (Stock Breeding) A record of the lineage or strain of an animal, as of a horse.
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