forebear

[ fawr-bair, fohr- ]
/ ˈfɔrˌbɛər, ˈfoʊr- /

noun

Usually forebears. ancestors; forefathers.
Also forbear.

Origin of forebear

1425–75; Middle English (Scots), equivalent to fore- fore- + -bear being, variant of beer; see be, -er1
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forebear

forbear

/ (ˈfɔːˌbɛə) /

noun

an ancestor; forefather
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