Ped"i*gree (?), n. [Of unknown origin; possibly fr. F. par degr'es 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.]
A line of ancestors; descent; lineage; genealogy; a register or record of a line of ancestors.
Alterations of surnames . . . have obscured the truth of our pedigrees.
His vanity labored to contrive us a pedigree.
I am no herald to inquire of men's pedigrees.
Sir P. Sidney.
The Jews preserved the pedigrees of their tribes.
2. Stock Breeding
A record of the lineage or strain of an animal, as of a horse.
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