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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For all intents and purposes, Picasso had a full-fledged retail business built into his family tree, and he’s done his best to put it to good use. Marley Marius, Vogue, "On the Heels of an $88 Million Picasso Sale, Olivier Widmaier Picasso Talks Art, Life, and His Very Famous Grandfather," 12 Nov. 2018 Putting together an extended family tree on such a large scale is normally a daunting and tedious task for researchers. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "13 million people tracked over 300 years to build massive human family tree," 1 Mar. 2018 University of California Berkeley biologist Andrew Moeller and his colleagues spent three years breeding 17 separate lineages of mice in their laboratory (think of each lineage as a family tree with no branches). Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Mammals inherit most of their gut bacteria, new study suggests," 26 Oct. 2018 As evidence of hybrids in the human family tree grows, researchers rethink the concept of species. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "What Defines A Species?," 17 Aug. 2018 The British royal family tree and line of succession is going through some changes. Kate Samuelson, Time, "Your Complete Guide to the British Royal Family Tree and Line of Succession," 23 Apr. 2018 The public database was created to compare family trees and genetic profiles between the commercial sites, which don’t cross-reference information. Washington Post, "Investigators say DNA database can be goldmine for old cases," 16 June 2018 Other sensitive data, including family trees and DNA data, are stored on segregate systems that are separate from those that house email addresses. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Ancestry Site MyHeritage Says 92 Million User Accounts Have Been Compromised," 5 June 2018 From Jenny Moroney's ancestors, Susan Palmer had the Moroney family tree and could trace Palmer's lineage to one of the 11 children of Thomas Moroney. The Washington Post,, "Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer long wondered if he's related to JFK; at 72, he learned the truth," 12 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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