an ancestral line; line of descent; lineage; ancestry.
a genealogical table, chart, list, or record, esp. of a purebred animal.
distinguished, excellent, or pure ancestry.
derivation, origin, or history:the pedigree of a word.
Anglo-French, equivalent. to Middle French pie de grue literally, foot of crane, a fanciful way of describing the appearance of the lines of a genealogical chart
late Middle English pedegru 1375–1425
2.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedPedigree,genealogy refer to an account of ancestry. A pedigree is a table or chart recording a line of ancestors, either of persons or (more especially) of animals, as horses, cattle, and dogs; in the case of animals, such a table is used as proof of superior qualities:a detailed pedigree.A genealogy is an account of the descent of a person or family traced through a series of generations, usually from the first known ancestor:a genealogy that includes a king.