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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ancestor  \An"ces*tor\,  n.  [OE.  ancestre,  auncestre  also 
  ancessour  the  first  forms  fr  OF  ancestre,  F.  anc[^e]tre, 
  fr  the  L.  nom.  antessor  one  who  goes  before  the  last  form 
  fr  OF  ancessor  fr  L.  acc.  antecessorem  fr  antecedere  to 
  go  before  ante  before  +  cedere  to  go  See  {Cede},  and  cf 
  {Antecessor}.] 
  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.  (Biol.)  An  earlier  type  a  progenitor;  as  this  fossil 
  animal  is  regarded  as  the  ancestor  of  the  horse. 
 
  3.  (Law)  One  from  whom  an  estate  has  descended;  --  the 
  correlative  of  heir. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ancestor 
  n  :  someone  from  whom  you  are  descended  (but  usually  more  remote 
  that  a  grandparent)  [syn:  {ascendant},  {ascendent},  {antecedent}] 
  [ant:  {descendant}] 




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