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 for Pedigree
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pedigree \Ped"i*gree\ (p[e^]d"[i^]*gr[=e]), n. [Of unknown
     origin; possibly fr. F. par degr['e]s 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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