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lineage1

[lin-ee-ij] /ˈlɪn i ɪdʒ/
noun
1.
lineal descent from an ancestor; ancestry or extraction:
She could trace her lineage to the early Pilgrims.
2.
the line of descendants of a particular ancestor; family; race.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; line(al) + -age; replacing Middle English linage < Anglo-French; Old French lignage < Vulgar Latin *līneāticum. See line1, -age
Synonyms
1. pedigree, parentage, derivation, genealogy. 2. tribe, clan.

lineage2

[lahy-nij] /ˈlaɪ nɪdʒ/
noun
1.
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  • She's plagued by events from her past and has traces of insanity in her antebellum lineage.
  • The blasted thing seemed to have recognized lineage.
  • Ironically, his own lineage and marriage could have been experiments as well.
  • Likely the same conditions that selected for intelligence in nonhuman primates were at work in the parrot lineage.
  • But this isn't necessarily an adaptive feature of the entire primate lineage.
  • In contrast, a maternal lineage of drinking doesn't seem to correlate with the brain's response to alcohol.
  • The need to reduce the work of art to its message obfuscates the character of its artistic lineage.
  • Her water lily headdress and decorated mat denote royal lineage.
  • Members of our lineage have lived, died, and been buried there for almost six million years.
  • And it becomes harder to convert it to something else, because it belongs to a different lineage than some other kind of machine.
British Dictionary definitions for lineage

linage

/ˈlaɪnɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the number of lines in a piece of written or printed matter
2.
payment for written material calculated according to the number of lines
3.
a less common word for alignment

lineage1

/ˈlɪnɪɪdʒ/
noun
1.
direct descent from an ancestor, esp a line of descendants from one ancestor
2.
a less common word for derivation
Word Origin
C14: from Old French lignage, from Latin līnealine1

lineage2

/ˈlaɪnɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of linage
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Word Origin and History for lineage
n.

late 17c. alteration (by influence of line (n.)) of Middle English linage (c.1300), from Old French lignage "descent, extraction, race," from ligne "line," from Latin linea (see line (n.)).

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Encyclopedia Article for lineage

descent group reckoned through only one parent, either the father (patrilineage) or the mother (matrilineage). All members of a lineage trace their common ancestry to a single person. A lineage may comprise any number of generations but commonly is traced through some 5 or 10

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