ancestor ( ancestors plural )
1 n-count Your ancestors are the people from whom you are descended.
usu pl, with poss (Antonym: descendant)
...our daily lives, so different from those of our ancestors..., He could trace his ancestors back seven hundred years.
2 n-count An ancestorof something modern is an earlier thing from which it developed.
usu N of n (Antonym: descendant)
The direct ancestor of the modern cat was the Kaffir cat of ancient Egypt...
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