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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.
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Gale and Joel Slemrod, "Ancester worthship, Everything You wanted to Know About Estate Taxes," The Milken Review (3rd Quarter, 2000): 37-49.
2, Man-Ott, and PI257 refer to outlier and ancestor 1, ancester 2, Mandarin-Ottawa, and PI257435 clusters, respectively.
(6.) Tata Nganga: the totemic ancester, from the Bantu tata, or "father" and nganga, "magic power."
There are even designer ducks now--the brawny, aggressives Muscovy, which does not quack (it hisses), and the mullard, a hybrid between the Muscovy and the mallard, the green-headed wild ancester of our common farm-yard breed.