family tree


Definition of family tree

1 : genealogy
2 : 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 On the East Landing, the members of the military, along with their families, are recognized for their service with an elegant gold star family tree. Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 Transform a tattered, folded family tree (or a very robust profile) into a beautiful wall-hanging that can be proudly displayed in a gallery wall or pretty much anywhere in your home. Brittney Morgan And Medgina Saint-elien, House Beautiful, 25 July 2022 While the emoji was a long time coming, the history of the arepa stretches back millennia, part of the infinitely branching family tree of dishes, like pupusas and tamales, that emerged from the domestication of corn. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 July 2022 But as genealogists reconstructed Ketanji Brown Jackson’s family tree, confirming each new name presented a challenge. Globe Staff,, 9 July 2022 But scientists will need more genomes from across the fish family tree to confirm a cause-and-effect relationship. New York Times, 7 July 2022 Also displayed there is a family tree, based partly on DNA research that is ongoing. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 23 June 2022 The tooth is the first fossil evidence placing this population of early humans in Southeast Asia and helps fill in some puzzling gaps in our family tree. Katie Hunt, CNN, 21 May 2022 As a third grader creating a family tree, Soleil Yeager and her adoptive mother, Judi, took a creative approach to a difficult assignment. Iyarie Murguia, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of family tree

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Aug 2022

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“Family tree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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