family tree


: a genealogical diagram

Examples of family tree in a Sentence

A framed family tree hung on the wall. his family tree includes writers, musical composers, and other notables in the arts
Recent Examples on the Web The defensive ability to spit venom at adversaries evolved three times within the cobra family tree. Scott Travers, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Incomplete as the skeleton seemed, experts could now be confident about which remains truly belonged to Megalosaurus when comparing similar dinosaurs and working out the shape of the dinosaur family tree. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Feb. 2024 In a second Instagram post, Newman added to the family tree by declaring that yet another Vanderpump Rules is part of the bloodline: Katie Maloney. Shania Russell,, 3 Jan. 2024 Researchers hailed the finding as a fascinating addition to the CRISPR family tree. Amber Dance, Discover Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024 After examining the dataset, the team’s program established two wholly independent European and Asian sign language families alongside family trees for each one, as well as two distinct Asian sign language subfamilies. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 1 Feb. 2024 Adriane Rozier, who met Ms. Mason at a retreat for Buddhists of color, joined the group to learn more about her family tree. Melanie Stetson Freeman, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Jan. 2024 Genealogists then worked down the branches of her family tree to find three living descendants — two siblings in Switzerland and one person in Ohio. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 16 Jan. 2024 If there’s a partial match, genealogists create a family tree in hopes of putting a name to the unidentified DNA. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of family tree was in 1763

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“Family tree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

family tree

: a diagram showing family relationships

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