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her·i·tage

(her'i-tăj),
The total of all the inherited characters.
[O. Fr.]

heritage

The genetic and other characteristics transmitted to offspring.
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You have talked windily about the royal races and the heritage of the earth, and we can only reply that that remains to be seen.
His heritage of English blood rendered it a difficult thing even to consider a surrender of his project, though he was forced to admit to himself that his balu was not all that he had hoped.
As no other children have been born to any of the newer generations in the intervening years, all hopes of heritage are now centred in the grandson of this man.
Where the real sex feeling begins, timidity and distrust are its companions, heritage from old wicked days when love and violence went often hand in hand.
As he realizes that he has a country of his own to protect, a dear, precious heritage come down to him through countless ages, so he learns that it is his sacred duty to know how to do his share in defending it.
I'm American, you see," she persisted, "and our American heritage is a large parcel of business sense.
On my lovely ranch in the Valley of the Moon, brain-soaked with many months of alcohol, I am oppressed by the cosmic sadness that has always been the heritage of man.