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descent

noun [U] (RELATION)    /dɪˈsent/
the state or fact of being related to a particular person or group of people who lived in the past: She's a woman of mixed / French descent. They trace their line of descent back to a French duke . He claims direct descent from Mohammed .Ancestors and descendants
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