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he·red·i·ty

heredity

 
pronunciation:
h re dih ti
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part of speech: noun
inflections: heredities
definition 1: the passing of characteristics from parent to offspring.
It is because of heredity that the boy looks like his father.
definition 2: the characteristics passed on in this way.
The boy's pointed nose and green eyes are part of his heredity from his mother.
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