ancestry /ˈansɛstri/


I. noun

1. one’s family or ethnic descent

he was proud of his Irish ancestry.
2. the evolutionary or genetic line of descent of an animal or plant

the ancestry of the rose is extremely complicated.
3. the origin or background of something

the book traces the ancestry of women’s poetry.
– origin Middle English: alteration of Old French ancesserie, from ancestre (see ancestor).

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