Ancestry and Strain


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Ancestry noun – The line of ancestors from whom a person is descended.
Usage example: a Cambodian immigrant who can trace her Khmer ancestry as far back as the 16th century

Strain is a synonym for ancestry in breed topic. In some cases you can use "Strain" instead a noun "Ancestry", when it comes to topics like lineage.
Nearby Words: ancestor, ancestral, ancestress
Synonyms for Ancestry


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Strain noun – The line of ancestors from whom a person is descended.
Ancestry is a synonym for strain in breed topic. Sometimes you can use "Ancestry" instead a noun "Strain", if it concerns topics such as descent.
Nearby Words: strained, straining, strainer
Synonyms for Strain

How words are described

human human ancestry human strain
pure pure ancestry pure strain
common common ancestry common strain
complete complete ancestry complete strain
Other adjectives: noticeable.

Both words in one sentence

  • Literature / The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Ackroyd complains about being hounded by creditors, Sheppard says "I suspect a Semitic strain in their ancestry." Half Truth: Everything Sheppard puts in his journal is absolutely true.
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Strain and Ancestry. (2016). Retrieved 2019, December 11, from
Ancestry & Strain. N.p., 2016. Web. 11 Dec. 2019. <>.
Strain or Ancestry. 2016. Accessed December 11, 2019.

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