1. [syn: ancestral, hereditary, patrimonial, transmissible]
2. of or belonging to or inherited from an ancestor;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ancestral \An*ces"tral\ (?; 277), a.
Of, pertaining to, derived from, or possessed by, an ancestor
or ancestors; as, an ancestral estate. "Ancestral trees."
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually
legal rules) of descent; "ancestral home"; "ancestral
lore"; "hereditary monarchy"; "patrimonial estate";
"transmissible tradition" [syn: ancestral,
hereditary, patrimonial, transmissible]
2: of or belonging to or inherited from an ancestor
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
32 Moby Thesaurus words for "ancestral":
aboriginal, ancestorial, antepatriarchal, atavistic, autochthonous,
fatherlike, fatherly, grandfatherly, grandmotherly, grandparental,
humanoid, maternal, mother, motherlike, motherly, parent, parental,
paternal, patriarchal, preadamite, preglacial, prehistoric,
prehuman, prime, primeval, primitive, primogenial, primoprimitive,
primordial, pristine, protohistoric, protohuman
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
ANCESTRAL. What relates to or has, been done by one's ancestors; as homage
ancestral, and the like.