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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Anglo-French
Origin: pe de gru 'crane's foot'; because the lines connecting related people can look like the bird's foot

pedigree

1 noun
     
Related topics: Biology, Family
ped‧i‧gree1 [uncountable and countable]
1HBSSF the parents and other past family members of an animal or person, or an official written record of this
2 the history and achievements of something or someone, especially when they are good and should be admired [↪ background]:
Founded in 1781, the school has an excellent pedigree.
a scientist's academic pedigree

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