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A pedigree is a list of ancestors (usually implying distinguished), a list of ancestors of the same breed (usually in the case of animals), the purity of a breed, individual, or strain, or a document proving any of these things. It is also used in a general sense to refer to the history of something or to imply that it has a distinguished lineage.

See also

  • Pedigree, a company that manufactures pet food
  • Pedigree for a dog of a certain breed
  • Pedigree for a cat of a certain breed
  • A pedigree chart is used by genealogists to summarize what is known about one's direct ancestors (parents, grandparents, great-gandparents, etc.). Also, Malecot's method of co-ancestry for how to devise an inbreeding coefficient from a pedigree.

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