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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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On Gengwu [day] divined: On Xinwei [day], sin-sacrifice Ancestress Geng [an] antelope [and] one cow; Ancestress Geng will be happy.
Green Valley features as the ancestress of numerous top performers including Alhaarth, Authorized, Okawango and Quijano.
The daughter of Val De Loir has since become the ancestress of Alhaarth and Authorized, and through her granddaughter Brooklyn's Dance is a prominent feature on tomorrow's card at Longchamp.
One granddaughter, the placed Tudor Minstrel mare Aimee, also left a great impression as the granddam of Blushing Groom and ancestress of Group 1 winners King Kamehameha (a leading sire in Japan), Air De Rien, Where Or When and Alwuhush, in addition to Shareta and Encke.
Louve Mysterieuse is a grandaughter of Oaks and Coronation Cup heroine Lupe, also ancestress of Group 1-winning half-brothers Loup Sauvage and Loup Solitaire.
Sea Of Heartbreak's third dam is Sarah Siddons, dam of Princess Patti and Seymour Hicks and ancestress of Excelebration.
They descend from the 1974 Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Gaily, also the ancestress of Pilsudski, Youmzain and Creachadoir.
This is the family of Xaar, Cityscape and Bated Breath tracing to Best In Show, the granddam of El Gran Senor and ancestress of too many brilliant horses to mention.
Gaining that elusive Group 1 winner would uphold family honour for Ionian Sea, whose last recorded foal was a two-year-old filly by Galileo and so a sister to Imperial Monarch, as her Matron Stakes-winning grand-dam is ancestress of top-flight scorers Pressing, Mastercrafstman and Sakhee.
Last year's winner Fame And Glory is out of a daughter of German 1,000 Guineas winner Grimpola, who was imported into Britain by Plantation Stud in 1985 and is also the ancestress of Lillie Langtry Stakes winner Gravitation.
Superstar Leo's grand-dam Dancing Rocks was third in the 1982 Coronation Stakes and she is also ancestress of last year's Coventry Stakes winner Power and his Ribblesdale Stakes-winning half-sister Thakafaat, Queen's Vase winner Mahler and King Edward VII Stakes third Alexander Pope.