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Synonyms for ancestor
ˈæn sɛs tər; esp. Brit. -sə stəran·ces·tor

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  1. ancestor, ascendant, ascendent, antecedent, rootnoun

    someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)

    Synonyms:
    theme, rootage, radical, ascendant, antecedent, etymon, base, beginning, solution, origin, stem, root, source, tooth root, ascendent, forerunner, root word

    Antonyms:
    descendent, descendant

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  1. ancestornoun

    Synonyms:
    forefather, progenitor, father

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words2.4 / 9 votes

  1. ancestornoun

    Synonyms:
    forefather, progenitor, primogenitor, forbear

    Associated words:
    atavic, atavism, lineal, collateral, hereditary, heredity, genealogy, genealogist

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How to use ancestor in a sentence?

  1. Qing Tang:

    Proterocladus antiquus is a close relative of the ancestor of all green plants alive today.

  2. Conrad Labandeira:

    That, in turn, suggests that the two groups of insects share a genetic program for eyespot production, the last common ancestor of these insects lived about 320 million years ago, deep in the Paleozoic. So we think this must be a developmental mechanism that goes all the way back to the origins of winged insects.

  3. Mike Benton:

    All the evidence shows us the pterosaurs are cousins of dinosaurs and that both share a common ancestor.

  4. Sam Giles:

    But what this animal tells us [is] that actually the last common ancestor of the two groups had lots of bone, so rather than sharks being primitive, sharks are actually very highly evolved in their own way, and just as highly evolved as we are.

  5. Eugenia Gold:

    But nothing shows us what pterosaurs looked like before they adapted to fly, all the evidence shows us the pterosaurs are cousins of dinosaurs and that both share a common ancestor.


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