ancestral

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ancestral inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually legal rules) of descent "ancestral home","ancestral lore","hereditary monarchy","patrimonial estate","transmissible tradition"
    • adj ancestral of or belonging to or inherited from an ancestor
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Ancestral Of, pertaining to, derived from, or possessed by, an ancestor or ancestors; as, an ancestral estate. "Ancestral trees."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ancestral Pertaining to ancestors or progenitors; descending or claimed from ancestors: as, an ancestral estate; ancestral trees; a king on his ancestral throne.
    • ancestral In biology, of or pertaining to an ancestor; being an earlier, and presumably lower or more generalized, type from which later more specialized forms of organized beings are asserted to have been evolved.
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Quotations

  • Joshua Nkomo
    Joshua Nkomo
    “All I'm trying to do is not join my ancestral spirits just yet.”

Usage

In literature:

Had she any hand in this unveiling of an ancestral face?
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2" by Various
He grubbed on a tiny ancestral farm, for a living for himself and wife and four children, young as he was.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Ancestral experience, results of, 281.
"Illusions" by James Sully
Downing called his farm "Groton," in dear remembrance of his wife's ancestral home in "the old country.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
Poor John Upham had lost all his ancestral acres to Doctor Prescott now, and did not fairly know himself how it had happened.
"Jerome, A Poor Man" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
She also shares all posthumous honours, and her spirit, equally with her husband's, is soothed by the ceremonies of ancestral worship.
"China and the Chinese" by Herbert Allen Giles
What wonder that they sharpen up their ancestral tomahawk, and lift it against their oppressors?
"Samantha at the World's Fair" by Marietta Holley
Your children free, your wives, ancestral shrines of gods, And tombs of fathers' fathers!
"Roads from Rome" by Anne C. E. Allinson
The whole of civilization has rested beneath your ancestral shade.
"Some Summer Days in Iowa" by Frederick John Lazell
My ideal stands before me endowed with all the majesty of this long ancestral line.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z" by Various
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In poetry:

An ancestral home
It is not, so
Towards me why
Is his heart
So cold and distant?
"An ancestral home" by Ise
Once some ancient Scald,
In his bleak, ancestral Iceland,
Chanted staves of these old ballads
To the Vikings.
"To An Old Danish Songbook" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The good old Bishop sat
On his ancestral chair,
The 'busman came, sent up his name,
And laid his grievance bare.
"The Bishop and the Busman" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Yet not of these I muse
In this ancestral place,
But of a kindred face
That never joy or hope shall here diffuse.
"In Memoriam" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Come, I will lead thee to a scene
In my ancestral halls,
Where genius, art, and beauty shine
Upon the pictured walls.
"A Ballad" by Janet Hamilton
Three little images of them,
Two boys and one a maid,
Beneath those high, ancestral oaks,
With silver laughter, played.
"The Lovers" by James Avis Bartley

In news:

A Native American tribe in Oklahoma has filed a federal lawsuit to stop the $246 million expansion of a hotel and casino , saying the construction desecrates ancestral and ceremonial land.
(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) A Native American tribe in Oklahoma has filed a federal lawsuit to stop the $246,000,000 expansion of a hotel and casino , saying the construction desecrates ancestral and ceremonial land.
More than 250,000 Krajina Serbs were ethnically cleansed from their ancestral homes and thousands were slaughtered.
Native American ancestral remains found this summer along the riverbank at the south end of Columbia Point are believed to be more than 300 years old.
Ancestral Curse Complicates a Gifted Woman's Journey.
Over three decades after their mass migration began from their ancestral homeland, Iranian Americans have achieved success in their new home in many fields.
In our ancestral environments that crafted our brains through evolution , we were focused on stuff that happened in the coming hours and seconds and minutes, not the coming months and years and decades.
A Native American tribe in Oklahoma has filed a federal lawsuit to stop the $246 million expansion of a hotel and casino, saying the construction desecrates ancestral and ceremonial land.
(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) A Native American tribe in Oklahoma has filed a federal lawsuit to stop the $246,000,000 expansion of a hotel and casino, saying the construction desecrates ancestral and ceremonial land.
Both had never worked on a farm previously, but have strong ancestral connections to the land.
Kenyans in Barack Obama's ancestral homeland stayed up all night and danced with joy on Wednesday as America's first black president won a second term in the White House, raising the prospects of a fresh start for his ties with Africa.
For our November program, we will use several web sites to do look-ups of our members' ancestral places in Germany.
Bachmann, a Tea Party darling, took considerable heat for sharing her allegiance with her husband's ancestral homeland.
The indigenous Mapuche people have been trying to reclaim their ancestral lands for the past ten years, but Chilean authorities have only reacted with force.
President Barack Obama drinks Guinness beer at Ollie Hayes pub in Moneygall, Ireland , the ancestral homeland of his great-great-great grandfather, Monday, May 23, 2011.
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In science:

As in the previous proof, let N0 be such that for every n > N0 , we have Xn+1 = a(Xn ), where a is the ancestral function.
On the speed of Random Walks among Random Conductances
Informally speaking, the measure ρt is a measure placed on the ancestral line of the individual labelled t which describes how the sub-trees “on the right” of t (i.e., containing individuals s ≥ t) are grafted along that ancestral line.
A continuum-tree-valued Markov process
More precisely, if we denote (Ti )i∈I the family of these subtrees and we set hi the height where the subtree Ti branches from the ancestral line of t, then the family (hi , Ii)i∈I given ρt is distributed as the atoms of a Poisson measure with intensity ρt (dh)Nψ [dT ] (see Figure 2).
A continuum-tree-valued Markov process
Let x be a branch (i.e. ancestral species) in the species tree.
Inferring Species Trees Directly from Biallelic Genetic Markers: Bypassing Gene Trees in a Full Coalescent Analysis
Each branch in the species trees corresponds to a species that is either contemporary (A,B,C) or ancestral (x, y).
Inferring Species Trees Directly from Biallelic Genetic Markers: Bypassing Gene Trees in a Full Coalescent Analysis
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