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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That transition from stable quadruped to confident biped took a long time as new members of the human family tree evolved. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Ancient Toddler Was at Home on the Ground and in the Trees," 5 July 2018 The family tree grows Vanessa Kirby is set to play Shaw’s sister (who also happens to be a MI-5 agent). Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Everything we know about the 'Fast & Furious' spinoff, 'Hobbs and Shaw'," 5 July 2018 Using skin samples collected from 100 bats in Kenya, along with information stored in an online genetic database, the team compared DNA sequences and began to piece together a Scotophilus family tree. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Two New Yellow-Bellied Bats May Have Been Found in Kenya," 13 July 2018 Those who participate receive a one-on-one session, a family tree and a book of documents relating to the family. Laura A. Hobson,, "Columbia Tusculum center celebrates Irish arts, culture," 26 June 2018 Harry is a modern prince marrying an actress with an interest in international politics, a skill set far more valuable than anything found on a family tree. Mary Mcnamara,, "When Harry Met Meghan: The royal wedding is the perfect Hollywood ending for a very Hollywood story," 11 May 2018 In the third grade Shirah Dedman was asked to create a family tree for a school project. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A family reclaims the narrative of lynching," 4 May 2018 Decorated in splashes of purple and gold, the room shows off a Lego owl family tree in the corner. Lori Weisberg,, "Legoland wants you to spend the night with knights and wizards," 23 Apr. 2018 Diving into the family trees, the researchers found a link with a couple named Alpha and Silas Nichols from Indiana. Author: Kyle Swenson, Anchorage Daily News, "He stole the identity of a dead 8-year-old. Police now want to know what he was hiding from.," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of family tree

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of family tree was in 1763

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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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