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Mar 10, 2011This week's theme
Words with hidden animals
This week's words
The chart showing pedigrees of English and other languages of the Proto-Indo-European family
Graphic: Susana Turbitt, InterSol, Inc.
A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. Lineage or ancestry.
2. A distinguished ancestry.
3. The origin or history of a person or thing.
ETYMOLOGY:From Anglo-Norman pé de grue (crane's foot), from p´ (foot) + de (of) + grue (crane), from the resemblance of a crane's foot to the succession lines in a genealogical chart. Earliest documented use: 1425.
USAGE:"Keep reading to see which dogs have the pedigree and which are fresh from the puppy mill."
David A. Keeps; The Look for Less; Los Angeles Times; Feb 22, 2011.
"Bernard James stands out with a basketball pedigree that's unique in the ACC."
Liz Clarke; Florida State's Bernard James; Washington Post; Feb 23, 2011.
See more usage examples of pedigree in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:There are more truths in twenty-four hours of a man's life than in all the philosophies. -Raoul Vaneigem, writer and philosopher (b.1934)
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