) KEY NOUN:
- A line of ancestors; a lineage.
- A list of ancestors; a family tree.
- A chart of an individual's ancestors used in human genetics to analyze Mendelian inheritance of certain traits, especially of familial diseases.
- A list of the ancestors of a purebred animal.
Middle English pedegru
, from Anglo-Norman pe de grue
(from Latin ps
; see pedi-
) + de
(from Latin d
; see de-
) + grue
, crane (from the resemblance of a crane's foot to the lines of succession on a genealogical chart)
(from Vulgar Latin *gr
, from Latin grs, gru-
; see ger-2
in Indo-European roots)OTHER FORMS:pedi·greed(Adjective)