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common ancestor

noun

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

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  • At Rome the worship of a common ancestor was the strongest family bond.

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

    The Grizzly Enos A. Mills
  • They were named after the common ancestor and occupied by his heirs.

  • They are all the descendants of a common ancestor; they are all sprung from a common stock.

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

    Blindfolded Earle Ashley Walcott
  • If we went back far enough, we might find a common ancestor.

    The Turner Twins Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Can we imagine a common ancestor of Shrews, Hedgehogs, and Moles?

  • Far back in the days of Poland's greatness they must have had a common ancestor.

    The Vultures Henry Seton Merriman

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