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English definition of “ancestor”

ancestor

noun [C]     /ˈæn.ses.tər/ US  /-tɚ/
B2 a person related to you who lived a long time ago: There were portraits of his ancestors on the walls of the room . → Compare descendantAncestors and descendants a plant , animal , or object that is related to one existing at a later point in time : This wooden instrument is the ancestor of the modern metal flute .Ancestors and descendants ancestral     /ænˈses.trəl/ adjective [before noun] an ancestral home ancestral rights Ancestors and descendants
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