|1.||a. the line of descent of a purebred animal|
|b. (as modifier): a pedigree bull|
|2.||a document recording this|
|3.||a genealogical table, esp one indicating pure ancestry|
|4.||derivation or background: the pedigree of an idea|
|[C15: from Old French pie de grue crane's foot, alluding to the spreading lines used in a genealogical chart]|
pedigree ped·i·gree (pěd'ĭ-grē')
An ancestral line of descent, especially as diagrammed on a chart, to show ancestral history and to analyze Mendelian inheritance of certain traits including familial diseases.