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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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Critic Jack Anderson found her portrayal "unsurpassed." Two years later she reprised her Ancestress role with comparable effect.
my friendJane visits Tiberias the grave of Meir is a magnet for pilgrims but where is the grave of Bruriah she wanders streets puzzled no citizen can tell her where you lie rather they seem appalled or angry at the query nobody has a clue Bruriah my ancestress how when you taught Torah your words rang like a harp so diligent you were such soul you had
Here genealogy (descent from the ancestress Afek) and history (mining, missions, and government) have combined to precipitate a regional ethnicity which is objectified by local people instead of ethnographers.
In 1817 the first performance of Grillparzer's tragedy Die Ahnfrau (The Ancestress) evoked public interest.
Another term is "granny." I will accept this only if I am really your ancestress, and then I prefer "grandmother."
They plead for protection from the people of Argos, where their ancestress Io was born.
And so successful were her daughters that today Mesopotamia features as the ancestress of 12 Group 1 winners.
Mr John speaks of Neath as anglophone but an ancestress of mine was landlady of one of the major hotels there mid-18th century and all that family had Welsh as their first language.
Dr Fiona Watson said: "What seems to have happened is that a local family in Ayrshire, the Baileys of Lamington, claiming that their ancestress was this Marion, commissioned another version."
As if that wasn't enough to trouble her, she is also haunted by a strange, growing fascination with an ancestress from the distant past, which fuels her feelings of isolation.
Rua means "fish," and his function and integral place within the community is emphasized by his name, which is contained within the name of his ancestress Ngarua.
Her subject is a woman from the late fourteenth century mostly mentioned as the mistress of John of Gaunt and ancestress of Edward IV, Henry VII and the Stuarts.