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From Middle English linage, from Old French linage, from ligne, from Latin linea (line); see line.


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lineage (plural lineages)

  1. Descent in a line from a common progenitor; progeny; descending line of offspring or ascending line of parentage.
    • 2011 July 19, Ella Davies, “Stick insects survive one million years without sex”, in BBC[1]:
      They traced the ancient lineages of two species to reveal the insects' lengthy history of asexual reproduction.
  2. (advertising) A number of lines of text in a column.
    • 1927, William Leonard Crum, Advertising Fluctuations, Seasonal and Cyclical
      Total newspaper advertising lineage in the North Atlantic region

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