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They come from all parts of the world, in an ancestral sense.

We turn, like loyal disciples of Taine and Sainte-Beuve, to his ancestral stock.

"I'll take you up and show you our ancestral hut," declared Bob Martin.

Any ancestral quality now lost is lost from the line forever.

Here, after eighteen years, was he again in his ancestral home of Marleigh.

The ancestral calling of the family probably was that of the carpenter.

Could his fear be attributed to ancestral memory, as Dennison had indicated?

Ancestral: primitive; inherited from an earlier form or ancestor.

Turn to Aeneas with the gifts you bear to me from your ancestral borders.

As for that matter of ancestral dignity, it gave me no trouble.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, from Old French ancestrel (Anglo-French auncestrel), from ancestre (see ancestor). Related: Ancestrally.

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