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ancestor

noun [C] uk   /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.
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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.
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ancestral
adjective [before noun] uk   /ænˈses.trəl/ us  
an ancestral home ancestral rights
Translations of “ancestor”
in Korean 조상…
in Arabic سَلَف…
in French ancêtre…
in Turkish ced, ata…
in Italian antenato, -a…
in Chinese (Traditional) 祖先,祖宗, (動植物)原種, (物體)原型…
in Russian предок…
in Polish przodek…
in Spanish antepasado, antepasada…
in Portuguese ancestral, antepassado, -a…
in German der/die Vorfahr(in)…
in Catalan avantpassat, -ada…
in Japanese 祖先, 先祖…
in Chinese (Simplified) 祖先,祖宗, (动植物)原种, (物体)原型…
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