Pronunciation: (ped'i-grē"), [key]
1. an ancestral line; line of descent; lineage; ancestry.
2. a genealogical table, chart, list, or record, esp. of a purebred animal.
3. distinguished, excellent, or pure ancestry.
4. derivation, origin, or history: the pedigree of a word.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.