family tree


Definition of family tree

2 : a genealogical diagram

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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 Scientists can also build the coronavirus’s family tree by analyzing viral RNA from different locations. Lina Zeldovich/undark, Popular Science, "COVID-19 surface tests can’t make public spaces safe just yet," 15 May 2020 Molecular geneticists like us can use this information to construct family trees for the coronavirus. Taylor Carter, The Conversation, "The coronavirus genome is like a shipping label that lets epidemiologists track where it’s been," 27 Apr. 2020 Scientists studying the roots of humanity’s family tree have found several branches entangled in and around a South African cave. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, "In Groundbreaking Find, Three Kinds of Early Humans Unearthed Living Together in South Africa," 2 Apr. 2020 Concepts similar enough to pass as first cousins on the misinformation family tree have proliferated in social media spaces that do not usually cross or blend. NBC News, "Coronavirus misinformation crosses divides to infect black social media," 2 May 2020 You, or perhaps a sibling, spouse or friend, take a DNA test expecting to fill out missing branches on the family tree, learn about a far-flung relation, or discover a distant connection to royalty or celebrity. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "‘The Lost Family’ Review: Search and Surprise," 11 Mar. 2020 Precisely where Oculudentavis belongs on the bird family tree is not quite clear. Riley Black, Scientific American, "Smallest Known Dinosaur Found in Amber," 11 Mar. 2020 The attendants included the last surviving of the five siblings and a descendant from each branch of the other four on the family tree. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "You may know it as the Eiderdown restaurant. But to this Germantown family, it was home," 8 Jan. 2020 Schizophrenia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and anger management issues all have branches on the Beechey-Grover family tree. Kyle Beechey, Bon Appétit, "Before I Could Get Over My Anxiety, I Had to Admit It Was Real," 3 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of family tree

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Family tree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of family tree

: a drawing or chart that shows how the different members of a family are related to each other

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