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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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A UNITED States accountancy professor, said to be the first man outside Asia identified as being directly descended from Genghis Khan, says he does not believe the warlord is his ancestor after all.
Anissa Janine Wardi's Death and the Arc of Mourning in African American Literature investigates the centrality of death and funerary rituals in the works of four writers, arguing that these imaginative revisitings of the pain of oppression sustain characters by strengthening their connections to ancestors, the community, and self-identity.
No one knows exactly when our ancestors started talking, but new evidence suggests that it might have happened a long, long, long time ago.
Even she was surprised by many findings and her feelings about her white forebears, especially the unacknowledged female ancestors, their intellectual pursuits and what they might have contributed to who she is today.
A WEBSITE will today enable people to find out if their ancestors fought at the Battle of Trafalgar.
In the ritual of ancestor veneration, the role of the elder son is central.
Analyzing genealogies as social charters rather than records of biological descent, Szonyi found that later editions tended to claim earlier and more prominent focal ancestors than their predecessors, revealing how lineages of humble origin tried to raise their social prestige and remove suspicion that they were descended from the lowstatus Dan or She aborigines who had initially populated Fujian.
Even though the idea of Adam as our common ancestor, monogenesis (mono=sole; genesis=development) is rejected, it is nevertheless maintained that mankind, together with all other animals, share a common ancestor.
The 86 Japanese soybean cultivars were developed via three main methods: 81 from hybridization, four from mutagenesis, and one selected as an off-type from an ancestor.
For a stylish explanation of primal urges and even ordinary whims, we turn to evolutionary psychology, which claims that we do what we do because our apelike ancestors once did the same thing.
Inheritance requires communication between ancestor and descendant classes as well as communication between ancestor and descendant instances.
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