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ancestress

[ an-ses-tris or, especially British, -suh-stris ]
/ ˈæn sɛs trɪs or, especially British, -sə strɪs /
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noun

a woman from whom a person is descended.

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Origin of ancestress

First recorded in 1570–80; ancest(o)r + -ess
See -ess.
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