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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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Here, however, the resemblance ceases, for Whitman's forebears, while worthy country people of good descent, were not prominent in public or private life.
Even the bravest of the brave among them are terrorized at the mere thought of deep water, for it has been ages since their forebears saw a lake, a river or a sea."
Springing from a long line of American descent, she was one of those wonderful working-class blooms which occasionally appear, defying all precedent of forebears and environment, apparently without cause or explanation.
She remembered back to her mother's tales, and to the wood engraving in her scrapbook where her half-clad forebears, sword in hand, leaped from their lean beaked boats to do battle on the blood-drenched sands of England.
To me it was a revelation of the things my early forebears must have endured that the human race of the outer crust might survive.
Through the hideous dangers that my forebears had endured in the earlier stages of their human evolution I fled; and always pursuing was the hairy monster that had discovered me.
Might I suggest Cole Porter as a more viable forebear? Always dapper, charming, and utterly glamorous, Porter produced a body of work that has withstood the test of time, evolving into standards, as Wainwright's ditties and dirges no doubt will.
The new bus must have the timeless shape of its forebear, hold up to eight people and be completely different from anything else on the market.
The Rebus actor's Italian forebear was a man of the cloth before he left God for a lady (You Don't Know You're Born, stv, Tuesday).
But unlike its Sixties forebear, which had a 7.2 litre V8 and did eight to the gallon, the new Charger has a supercharged compressed natural gas 4.7 litre V8 that produces emissions so low it meets the infamous Californian Ultra-Low Emissions Standard.
The grandchildren who revamp Old MacDonald's Farm years from now may end up harvesting a product their forebear ignored.
Take the gentle gentleman on the overleaf (The Ancestor, 2001): Does his painted forebear loom heavy at his shoulder?