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family tree

a genealogical chart showing the ancestry, descent, and relationship of all members of a family or other genealogical group.
Also called genealogical tree.
Origin of family tree
1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Van traced a family-tree on the tablecloth with a salt-spoon, for his guest's better information.

    The Lighted Match Charles Neville Buck
  • Such names as Sibilla and Emmota occur very early in the family-tree.

    Cornish Worthies, Volume 1 (of 2) Walter H. Tregellas
  • A family-tree I once cultivated myself, and found therefrom but a scanty yield, and that quite tasteless and innutritious.

    The Biglow Papers James Russell Lowell
  • What became of the junior scions of the family-tree was to him a matter of secondary consideration.

  • I must say you appear to have studied his family-tree pretty closely.

    Gordon Keith Thomas Nelson Page
  • Socrates once said to Plato, "Anybody can trace to Codrus—by paying enough to the man who makes the family-tree."

British Dictionary definitions for family-tree

family tree

a chart showing the genealogical relationships and lines of descent of a family Also called genealogical tree
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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