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an·ces·tor

(an'ses-tōr),
A person in the direct line of descent from which a subject of interest is derived (for example, parents or grandparents; but no collaterals or descendants).

ancestor

(ăn′sĕs′tər)
n.
1. A person from whom one is descended, especially if more remote than a grandparent; a forebear.
2. Biology The actual or hypothetical organism or stock from which later kinds evolved.

ancestor

Etymology: L, antecessorem
one from whom a person is descended, through the mother or the father. The term assumes a direct line of descent, excluding collateral family members of previous generations.
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In the scriptures you find references to Jesus as the eldest, the first-born, but it's not always in the context of veneration of ancestors.
Examination of pedigrees revealed that the 86 cultivars included in this study traced to 74 ancestors which did not have known antecedents: i.
Because gorillas, chimps and humans all spend at least some time on the ground, Benner thinks a terrestrial lifestyle arose in these primates' common ancestor around 10 million years ago.
Anyone who would like Family Detectives to open the case file on their ancestors should ring 029 2057 5729; email carolyn@presentable.
The Yajur Veda, an ancient Indian text, instructs us in this regard: "To you most luminous-God, we pray now for the happiness of our ancestors and friends.
If you discover that your ancestors are from the Caribbean, you must trace them back to their Caribbean island, and then if possible back to Africa.
Christian Pelras, in his study of Bugis ancestor preoccupations, finds that despite profession of strictly Islamic beliefs about the dead, their practical concern with ancestors relates more to issues of status than religion.
3) Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints push a loaded wagon by hand, as their ancestors once did.
Because the remains of the ancestors were found on acknowledged Tongva land, it is proper that they have taken responsibility for the reburial.
The Malaysian Chinese community exists within a society radically different from that of rural southern China from which their immigrant ancestors originated.
It was revealed that her ancestors on her dad's side were from Yorkshire, while her relatives on her mom's side were traced to a slave forced to work on the Georgia plantation.
The work then delves deeply into how to relate with ancestors, and also how to engage in "linear repair work," and provides very clear instructions for how best to accomplish this.