breeding (n.)
ancestry, parentage, noble lineage
2H4 V.iii.107[Shallow to Pistol] I know not your breeding
Cym V.iii.17[Posthumus to Lord, of a soldier] who deserved / So long a breeding as his white beard came to [i.e. his actions made him worthy of a noble ancestry as long as his beard] [debatable meaning]
WT IV.iv.714[Autolycus to Shepherd and Clown] your names, your ages, of what having, breeding, ... discover
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