What does the word ancestral mean?

Usage examples for ancestral

  1. Now more than ever there came to his mind the ancestral letter which his father had inclosed to him- the message from old Ralph Brandon in the treasure- ship. – Cord and Creese by James de Mille
  2. Accordingly they despatched Agesilaus as ambassador to the Mantineans, choosing him as the recognised ancestral friend of that people. – Hellenica by Xenophon