family tree

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Family tree

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  • Hyphenation: fa‧mi‧ly tree

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family tree (plural family trees)

  1. A diagrammatic representation of a pedigree, illustrating the connections between a person's ancestors.
  2. The totality of someone's ancestors.
    • 1997, Doug Adams, The Prostitute in the Family Tree: Discovering Humor and Irony in the Bible, ISBN 0664256937, page 3:
      Heredity and environment are not the absolute arbiters of what will be, as Jesus' genealogy details in the first chapter of Matthew's Gospel. As Gardner Taylor, an African-American preacher in Brooklyn, noted, Rahab the prostitute is in the family tree of Jesus Christ.
    • 2010, Amelie von Zumbusch, Barack Obama's Family Tree: Roots of Achievement, ISBN 1435893905, page 22:
      As the years have passed, Barack Obama's family tree has grown.
    • 2011, Suzannah Knight, Black Magic, ISBN 1905610882, page 18:
      It's never been discussed whether or not there is mental illness in my family tree but I know a great aunt committed suicide years before using paracetamol.

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