Part of speech: noun

A female ancestor.

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Usage examples "ancestress":

  1. " Thusnelda, you are an incomparable creature, and quite calculated to be the ancestress of all the Germans. - "Old Fritz and the New Era", Louise Muhlbach.
  2. Violet had started by giving the Douglas- heart ring which had come down to her from an ancestress made even more famous than she would have been otherwise, by Sir Walter Scott. - "Lord John in New York", C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson.
  3. Like a certain ancestress she had coveted the fruit of knowledge and knowledge had been given her. - "The Window-Gazer", Isabel Ecclestone Mackay.