Pronunciation: (lin'ē-ij), [key]
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.
Pronunciation: (lī'nij), [key]
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