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a woman from whom a person is descended.
Historical Examples

He had a tale to tell about one ancestress, whose dark beauty seemed as that of a flower of the south.
Shirley Charlotte Bront

The girl read and re-read the description of this ancestress, then gasped.
The Roof Tree Charles Neville Buck

The family name of this artist was Bouteiller, and she married M. Jules de Saux, but as an artist used the name of an ancestress.
Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D. Clara Erskine Clement

The Quaker woman Elizabeth Hooton was an ancestress of mine.
Mark Twain’s Speeches Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

She was the ancestress of a race of embroiderers, and their pedigree will be found in the Appendix.
Needlework As Art Marian Alford

The moon herself was claimed as the ancestress of certain families.
On Some Ancient Battle-Fields in Lancashire Charles Hardwick

The first story of this group is that of Naomi and Ruth, the ancestress of David.
The Moral Instruction of Children Felix Adler

Her ancestress had been baptized by the subject of the story.
La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West Francis Parkman

The Biamites honoured her not only as an enchantress and a leech, but as the ancestress of a race of mighty men.
Arachne, Complete Georg Ebers

This “witch,” by the way, was an ancestress of Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd.
Highways and Byways in The Border Andrew Lang


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