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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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 His family tree included a general who led troops in the Revolutionary War, a governor of Massachusetts and a president of Harvard University. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "George Putnam, Born to Influence, Led Investment Firm and Managed Harvard’s Money," 12 Apr. 2019 King Phillippe of Belgium Though Phillippe is not a descendant of Queen Victoria, the two do still share a family tree. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Queen Victoria's Descendants Still Reign Over Europe," 17 Feb. 2019 And some of the hands are linked by complex networks of lines, like a modern family tree. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The world’s oldest figurative drawing depicts a wounded animal," 9 Nov. 2018 Grippi told the Sacramento Bee, which first reported the news, that investigators spent a long period of time exploring online family trees before focusing the investigation on a suspect. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "The suspected Golden State Killer is set to appear in court Friday," 27 Apr. 2018 Investigators were able to find a partial match between DNA from one of the decades-old crime scenes and the DNA of the site user, which led them to scour that person’s family tree for possible suspects. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Korea Breakthrough, Bezos Wealth, Wells Probe: CEO Daily for April 27, 2018," 27 Apr. 2018 MyHeritage said the breach didn't contain sensitive data such as DNA and individuals' family trees. Ashley Wong, USA TODAY, "DNA site's hack is fresh reminder to think twice about ancestry testing," 8 June 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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