genealogy

[jee-nee-ol-uh-jee, -al-, jen-ee-]
noun, plural genealogies.
1.
a record or account of the ancestry and descent of a person, family, group, etc.
2.
the study of family ancestries and histories.
3.
descent from an original form or progenitor; lineage; ancestry.
4.
Biology. a group of individuals or species having a common ancestry: The various species of Darwin's finches form a closely knit genealogy.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English genealogie < Middle French < Late Latin geneālogia < Greek geneālogía pedigree, equivalent to geneā́ race (see gene) + -logia -logy

genealogical [jee-nee-uh-loj-i-kuhl, jen-ee-] , genealogic, adjective
genealogically, adverb
genealogist, noun
nongenealogic, adjective
nongenealogical, adjective
nongenealogically, adverb


1. See pedigree.
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genealogy (ˌdʒiːnɪˈælədʒɪ)
 
n , pl -gies
1.  the direct descent of an individual or group from an ancestor
2.  the study of the evolutionary development of animals and plants from earlier forms
3.  a chart showing the relationships and descent of an individual, group, genes, etc
 
[C13: from Old French genealogie, from Late Latin geneālogia, from Greek, from genea race]
 
genealogical
 
adj
 
genea'logic
 
adj
 
genea'logically
 
adv
 
gene'alogist
 
n

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genealogy
c.1300, from O.Fr. genealogie, from L.L. genealogia "tracing of a family," from Gk. genealogia, from genea "generation, descent" (see genus) + logos "student of."
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genealogy ge·ne·al·o·gy (jē'nē-ŏl'ə-jē, -āl'-, jěn'ē-)
n.

  1. A record or table of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or ancestors; a family tree.

  2. The study or investigation of ancestry and family histories.

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The result is an elaborate human genealogy, an intricately branching tree of
  genetic alterations.
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Learn about Chinese holidays and events, works of art, and genealogy.
One sentence, "I hardly knew my parents," pretty much wraps up his
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