Where Did the Term “Pedigree” Come From and What Does the Word “Thoroughbred” Mean?

A pedigree is a lineage of heredity and must be traced to determine if a horse is a Thoroughbred.

A Thoroughbred is a direct descendant in the male line from three Arabian stallions brought to Britain and Ireland in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and bred with local mares.

Thoroughbreds are considered a “hot-blooded” horse, known for their agility, speed and spirit.

where did the term pedigree come from and what does the word thoroughbred mean

The word pedigree came from the French “pie de grue”, meaning “the foot of a crane,” which the forked lines of a family tree resemble.

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