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Definition of "ancestral" []

  • Of, relating to, or evolved from an ancestor or ancestors. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ancestral" in a sentence
  • "They are now fighting to return to what they call their ancestral land."
  • "His earlier studies led him to formulate what he called the ancestral law."
  • "The first of these resulted in ancestral Asu speakers settling into the South Pare Mountains and in proto-Sabaki speech communities spreading north of the Pangani River, along the narrow stretches of the Kenyan coast."