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an•ces•try



Pronunciation: (an'ses-trē or, esp. Brit., -su-strē), [key]
n.,
pl. -tries.

1. family or ancestral descent; lineage.
2. honorable or distinguished descent: famous by title and ancestry.
3. a series of ancestors: His ancestry settled Utah.
4. the inception or origin of a phenomenon, object, idea, or style.
5. the history or developmental process of a phenomenon, object, idea, or style.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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