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ancestress

[an-ses-tris or, esp. British, -suh-stris] /ˈæn sɛs trɪs or, esp. British, -sə strɪs/
noun
1.
a woman from whom a person is descended.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; ancest(o)r + -ess
Usage note
See -ess.
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  • In one case the portrait of an old lady, somebody's beloved ancestress, is slashed to ribbons across the face.

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