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parentage

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  1. Of or pertaining to one's parents, and in particular, the legitimacy of one's birth.
  2. The social quality of your class in society.
    1608 My fortunes -- parentage -- good parentage -- To equal mine! -- was it not thus? What say you? Shakespeare, Pericles, Act 5, Scene 1.
  3. origin; derivation

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