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Definition of ancestor:

  1. An earlier type; a progenitor; as, this fossil animal is regarded as the ancestor of the horse.
  2. 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.
  3. One from whom an estate has descended; - the correlative of heir.

Synonyms:

theme, ascendent, kinsman, granddaddy, descent, procreator, matriarch, age-old, grandma, daddy, founder of the family, root word, forefather, forebearer, forefather, archetype, materfamilias, patriarch, fathers, grandpa, grandfather, aging, base, source, antecedents, author, ascendant, precede, aged, rootage, foremother, radical, kinswoman, tooth root, branch, antediluvian, ancestry, etymon, foregoer, origin, forbear, sire, ageing, parent, antique, etymon, antiquity, descendant, progenitor, primogenitor, root, antecedent, paterfamilias, grandsire, parent, beginning, antiquated, stem, ancient, grandmother, begetter, family tree, solution.

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