|1.||(often plural) a person from whom another is directly descended, esp someone more distant than a grandparent; forefather|
|2.||an early type of animal or plant from which a later, usually dissimilar, type has evolved|
|3.||a person or thing regarded as a forerunner of a later person or thing: the ancestor of the modern camera|
|[C13: from Old French ancestre, from Late Latin antecēssor one who goes before, from Latin antecēdere; see |
|a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.|
|an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.|
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