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