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PEDIGREE, descents. A succession of degrees from the origin; it is the state of the family as far as regards the relationship of the different members, their births, marriages and deaths; this term is applied to persons or families, who trace their origin or descent.
     2. On account of the difficulty of proving in the ordinary manner by living witnesses, facts which occurred in remote times, hearsay evidence (q.v.) has been admitted to prove a pedigree. 1 Phil. Ev. 186; 1 Stark. Ev. 55; 10 Serg. & Rawle, 383; 2 Supp. to Ves. jr. 110; 8 Com. Dig. 583 1 Pet. 337; 6 Pet., 81; 13 Pet. 209 1 Wheat. 6; 3 Wash. C. C. R. 243; 4 Wash.C.C.R.186; 3Bouv.Inst.n. 3067. Vide Descent; Line.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The Canadian pedigreed seed system produces Select, Foundation, Registered, and Certified seed (Anonymous, 1994).
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The patents are currently owned by Monsanto Company, and the lawsuit alleges that Monsanto has exploited the patents to exclude competition in transgenic cotton, which now represents about 65 percent of the cotton seed sold in the United States Monsanto markets transgenic cotton as Roundup Ready and Bollgard cotton, and Stoneville Pedigreed Seed Company markets BXN varieties of cotton.