ancestral ancestral  /æn ˈsɛ strəl/


  1. (adj) inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually legal rules) of descent
  2. (adj) of or belonging to or inherited from an ancestor


  1. These upper layers of the soil are the ancestral home of the bacteria, where they are concentrated most thickly.
  2. In our darkened, humid rooms, we huddled in dismay at the way our ancestral Japan had put a curse on all Japanese living in Hawaii.
  3. Ved Mehta closes the door on his ancestral home The Pathos of Exile Mohsin Hamid feels the pull of family ties Basic Instinct Pankaj Mishra settles in a place outside history.


  1. Menopause cause? It may well be men, scientists say

    Controversial new research suggests that ancestral males' preference for younger women actually set the stage for the evolution of menopause.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: WRCB Chattanooga

  2. Descendants of Cherokee retrace Trail of Tears

    A group of cyclists are embarking on a journey to honor the removal of their Cherokee ancestors from their ancestral homelands 175 years ago, and have recently passed through the area.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Park Hills Daily Journal

  3. Do you know Chechnya? Take the quiz

    When Chechnya made headlines in April 2013 as the ancestral land of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, the news dredged up memories of terrorist attacks in Russia orchestrated in the name of Chechen independence. How much do you know about Chechen-Russian relations – about the years of war with Russia and heavy-handed policies of a Moscow -installed strongman? And what else do you know about ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Christian Science Monitor


  1. "From Africa, the ancestral home of Haiti, we send our condolences and love to thousands of children, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters," Aristide said.
    on Jan 13, 2010 By: Jean-Bertrand Aristide Source: Times LIVE

  2. "A haplogroup is like an ancestral clan with a unique set of changes that link you to other people and show shared ancient connections," Wells said.
    on Jul 2, 2010 By: Spencer Wells Source: Chillicothe Constitution Tribune

  3. "I really don't see why anybody should be scared if there is an ancestral domain declared for the Moro people," Arroyo said, citing the declaration of ancestral domain for the indigenous communities.
    on Aug 16, 2007 By: President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Source:

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