family tree


Definition of family tree

1 : genealogy
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

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But the crocodile family tree wasn't all cookie-cutter, zig-zagging pearly whites. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Prehistoric Crocodiles Preferred Plants Over Prey," 28 June 2019 Today only one branch of the family tree remains: us. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Ancient DNA reveals new twists in Neanderthal migration," 26 June 2019 Schauffele, the 25-year-old San Diego native with the United Nations family tree who has rung up two seconds and four top 10s in only nine majors, wrung a gorgeous eagle with a stunning approach to nine feet after a hairy start on No. Chuck Culpepper,, "All these low scores a far cry from the norm at a Pebble Beach US Open," 14 June 2019 This tangled family tree underpins the ancestry of modern speakers of indigenous Na-Dene and Eskimo-Aleut languages. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Closest-known ancestor of today’s Native Americans found in Siberia," 5 June 2019 From there, investigators built out that person’s family tree, which led to the arrest last year of a 72-year-old former police officer. Bloomberg, The Mercury News, "DNA site that helps cold-case sleuths curbs access for cops," 11 June 2019 Detectives hunting for the Golden State Killer got their man after climbing up and down dozens of online family trees in search of somebody who fit his profile and could be a DNA match, authorities told NBC News on Thursday. NBC News, "Police used genealogy websites to nab Golden State Killer," 27 Apr. 2018 The team also spent 400 days examining 150 specimens of other lizard-like creatures held in fossil collections around the world, and constructed the most detailed DNA family tree of living squamates. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Oldest Lizard Fossil Shows the Reptiles Are True Survivors," 1 June 2018 Caldwell adds that for paleontologists, Megachirella is akin to the Rosetta Stone, in the way that the fossil is helping them decode the reptile family tree. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "World's Oldest Lizard Fossil Found—What You Need to Know," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of family tree

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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