Pedigree meaning

pĕdĭ-grē
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The definition of a pedigree is a record of known lineage or ancestors.

An example of a pedigree is a family tree.

An example of a pedigree is a list of relatives for a purebred animal.

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A list of ancestors; record of ancestry; family tree.
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A recorded or known line of descent, esp. of a purebred animal.
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The background or origin of a person or thing, esp. as a mark of prestige or distinction.

An Ivy League pedigree.

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A chart of an individual's ancestors used in human genetics to analyze Mendelian inheritance of certain traits, especially of familial diseases.
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A list of the ancestors of a purebred animal.
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A chart, list, or record of ancestors, to show breeding, especially distinguished breeding. [from 15th c.]
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A person's ancestral history; ancestry, lineage. [from 15th c.]
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(uncountable) Good breeding or ancestry. [from 15th c.]
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The history or provenance of an idea, custom etc. [from 16th c.]
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The ancestry of a domesticated animal, especially a dog or horse. [from 17th c.]
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Having a pedigree.
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A chart of an individual's ancestors used in human genetics to analyze Mendelian inheritance of certain traits, especially of familial diseases.
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A list of the ancestors of a purebred animal.
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Descent; lineage; ancestry.
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Origin of pedigree

  • Middle English pedegru from Anglo-Norman pe de grue pe foot (from Latin pēs pedi–) de of (from Latin de–) grue crane (from the resemblance of a crane's foot to the lines of succession on a genealogical chart) (from Vulgar Latin grūā) (from Latin grūs gru- gerə-2 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman pé de grue, a variant of Old French pié de gru (“foot of a crane"), from Latin pedem (“foot") + gruem (“crane").

    From Wiktionary