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ancestor

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1 a person who is several generations earlier in an individual's line of descent
  • Bridie's Irish ancestors immigrated to the United States in the 19th century during the Great Potato Famine

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2 something belonging to an earlier time from which something else was later developed
  • pinball machines—the ancestors of today's video games—go back to the 19th century

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“Ancestor.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/ancestor. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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