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ancestral Line breaks: an¦ces|tral
Pronunciation: /anˈsɛstr(ə)l/

Definition of ancestral in English:


Of, belonging to, or inherited from an ancestor or ancestors: the family’s ancestral home
More example sentences
  • That which is patrimonial is that which is inherited from the ancestral past.
  • That area, which belongs to the Maori people there in terms of ancestral use, he would walk all over.
  • The Sakya tradition is closely bound up with the Khon ancestral lineage, which derived from celestial beings.


Example sentences
  • However, the genes may be evolutionarily related, and the two developmental pathways may therefore have ancestrally shared common components.
  • Until we rooted the eukaryote tree correctly it was harder to decide whether such features absent in some groups were ancestrally absent or secondarily lost.
  • In fact, US Muslims are most often ancestrally from South Asia or Africa not the Middle East, as Americans wrongly assume.


Late Middle English: from Old French ancestrel, from ancestre (see ancestor).

Words that rhyme with ancestral

kestrel, orchestral
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