aartsvader

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aarts- 'arch-, archi-' (from Latin arci-, archi-, from Ancient Greek) + vader 'father'

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aartsvader m (plural aartsvaders or aartsvaderen, diminutive aartsvadertje n, feminine aartsmoeder)

  1. A Biblical patriarch; primary ancestor, notably of a tribe or people
  2. A family's patriarch, most senior male ancestor
  3. (poetic) An ecclesiastic patriarch

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