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A person, typically one more remote than a grandparent, from whom one is descended
“In principle, all the descendants of a seventh-generation ancestor are members of one extended family.”
An early version of a machine, system, etc.
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“This solution is the ancestor of many versions of platonism in mathematics.”
A healthy and vigorous-rooted plant that is used in grafting, most commonly as a sound base to support a scion that bears desirable fruit in orchard culture
A mother of someone's parent
A significantly old or elderly person
A woman in relation to her child or children
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