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an•ces•tress

(ˈæn sɛs trɪs; esp. Brit. -sə strɪs)

n.
a woman from whom one is descended.
[1570–80]
usage: See -ess.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ancestress - a woman ancestorancestress - a woman ancestor      
ancestor, antecedent, ascendant, ascendent, root - someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
Translations

ancestress

(o.f.) [ˈænsɪstrɪs] Nantepasada f

ancestress

nVorfahrin f, → Ahne f; (= progenitor)Ahnfrau f, → Stammmutter f
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MTDNA is often very mixed and dispersed in Europe, but this new analysis shows that a small group of women, of Welsh Mams, who lived some time between 2,000 and 5,000 years ago, are matriarchs - the motherline ancestresses of considerable numbers of Welsh people.
A small group of women, who lived some time between 2,000 and 5,000 years ago, were matriarchs - the motherline ancestresses of large numbers of Welsh people.
But collectively it is seen as memory chains--not history but the longue duree in fiction, its appropriate habitat--imaginatively re-creating the ancestress of ancestresses whom no soldier was to describe.
The haka "demonstrates the boldness and shamelessness with which our ancestresses celebrated their reproductive bodies".