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Unformatted text preview: ll the females of the parents’ generation as mother and all the males as father. All brothers and male cousins are called brother, and all sisters and female cousins are known as sister. Furthermore, in many Spanish-speaking families, the word mama is used to describe any female, regardless of the family relationship. Following is a list of words referring to families and their various relationships. Knowing these words will deﬁnitely increase your word power, and may help you think about your own family in new and interesting ways. WO R D S A B O U T FA M I L I E S
1. ancestor. A person from whom one is descended, especially if more remote than a grandparent. Our ancestors who lived two or three generations ago were much smaller in both height and weight, as were those who lived millions of years before. 2. descendant. A person, animal, or plant that comes from a speciﬁc ancestor. We can even use the word in relation to nonliving things. The automobile is the descendant of the horse-and-buggy. 3. dynasty. A sequence of rulers from the same family, s...
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- Fall '13