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Meaning of PEDIGREE

Pronunciation:  'pedu`gree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  ancestry of a purebred animal
  2. [n]  line of descent of a pure-bred animal
  3. [n]  the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has been warriors"

PEDIGREE is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: ancestry, blood, blood line, bloodline, bloodline, descent, line, line of descent, lineage, origin, parentage
 See Also: ancestry, breed, derivation, family, family line, family tree, filiation, folk, genealogy, kinfolk, kinsfolk, lineage, phratry, sept, side, stock, strain, variety



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ped"i*gree\, 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.

         Alterations of surnames . . . have obscured the
         truth of our pedigrees.               --Camden.

         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.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: A record of one's ancestors, offspring, siblings, and their offspring that may be used to determine the pattern of certain genes or disease inheritance within a family.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A pedigree is the information regarding the ancestors. In medical genetics, pedigree is often expressed by a diagram of ancestors and information of their inheritance of a certain trait.

Symbols often used in a diagram of pedigree:

  • male: a square
  • female: a circle
  • marriage: a bar connecting the square and the circle
  1. A diagram mapping the genetic history of a par- ticular family.
  2. A family tree diagram that shows how a particular genetic trait or disease has been inherited.
  3. a diagrammatic reconstruction of past mating in a family.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: Almanach de Gotha, ancestry, birth, blood, bloodline, blue book, derivation, descent, directory, extraction, family, family tree, full-blooded, genealogical tree, genealogy, heritage, line, line of descent, lineage, origin, parentage, pedigreed, Red Book, roots, Royal Kalendar, Social Register, Stammbaum, stemma, stock, strain, studbook, thoroughbred, tree