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common ancestor


in genealogy, any person to whom two or more persons claim descent; also, the most recent ancestral form or species from which two different species evolved's 21st Century Lexicon
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  • No doubt the common ancestor of the above family of vagabonds descended from a family of vagabonds.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • At Rome the worship of a common ancestor was the strongest family bond.

    Society Henry Kalloch Rowe
  • They all have the same pedigree, a marked resemblance to each other, and they derive their descent from a common ancestor.

  • It is interesting that bears, dogs, and seals descended from a common ancestor.

    The Grizzly Enos A. Mills
  • I think this brotherhood may be traced to our common ancestor, Adam, and in this sense all wars are indeed civil wars.

    Old Fritz and the New Era Louise Muhlbach
  • They were named after the common ancestor and occupied by his heirs.

  • Nor does he establish any relation whatever between any of the four races and any common ancestor or eponymist.

  • Though our relationship was not close we had been cast in the mold of some common ancestor.

    Blindfolded Earle Ashley Walcott

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