See also father; heredity; mother; origins; parents; race.
an inclination toward old-fashioned things, speech, or actions, especially those of one’s ancestors. Also archaicism
n. —archaistic, adj
the reappearance in the present of a characteristic belonging to a remote ancestor. —atavist, n
. —atavistic, adj
. the malevolent ghosts or spirits of a family’s dead ancestors.
descent through the female line, as in ancestry, inheritance, etc. —matrilineal, matrilinear
relationship or descent by the male line, as in ancestry, inheritance, etc. —patrilineal, patrilinear, adj
the person from whom a line of descent originates.