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ancestor

an early type of animal or plant from which a later, usually dissimilar, type has evolved
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The barbarian chieftain, who defended his country against the Roman invasion, driven to the remotest extremity of Britain, and stimulating his followers to battle by all that has power of persuasion upon the human heart, concluded his persuasion by an appeal to these irresistible feelings: "Think of your forefathers and of your posterity.
Grotius himself had been a most distinguished actor and sufferer in those important scenes of internal convulsion, and his work was first published very shortly after the departure of our forefathers from Leyden.
Let us cherish that spirit of harmony which prompted our forefathers to make the attempt, under circumstances more favorable to its success than, perhaps, ever occurred upon earth.
Preserve in all their purity, refine, if possible, from all their alloy, those virtues which we this day commemorate as the ornament of our forefathers.
The first stories which our forefathers told in the days long, long ago, and which were never written down, are lost forever.
You, sir, have written with an able pen the deeds of our forefathers.
We will strive against the oppressor with prayer and fasting, as our forefathers would have done.
For ages, from our forefather Adam to our own day, we labor to attain that knowledge and are still infinitely far from our aim; but in our lack of understanding we see only our weakness and His greatness.
We Filipinos owe our forefathers one precious thing in life-our freedom.
He maintained that he learnt this work from his forefathers as they also learnt it from their forefathers and this work is going forward from generation to generation.
Marri stated that Erdogan's claim that his forefathers protected holy sites is not true.
Al-Houli said the crew used old pearl-diving tools similar to the ones used by "our fathers and forefathers when they dove for pearls .