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noun (female ancestress)
  1. One from whom a person is descended, whether on the father's or mother's side, at any distance of time; a progenitor; a fore father.
  2. (Biology) An earlier type; a progenitor
This fossil animal is regarded as the ancestor of the horse.
  1. (Law) One from whom an estate has descended;—the correlative of heir.
Translations: 
  • German: Ahne , Ahnin
Etymology: Old English ancestre, auncestre, also ancessour; the first forms from Old French ancestre, French ancítre, from the Latin nom. antessor one who goes before; the last form from Old French ancessor, from Latin acc. antecessorem, from antecedere to go before; ante before + cedere to go. See Cede, and compare with Antecessor.


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