descend from (someone or something)

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descend from (someone or something)

1. Literally, to move from a higher point to a lower one. The bride looked simply gorgeous as she descended from the balcony in her flowing gown.
2. To originate from a particular ancestor or source. I was shocked to learn that I descended from key figures in the American Revolution.
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descend from someone

or some group [for a living creature] to come from a particular set of ancestors. I descend from a large family of Dutch traders. Wally is descended from Daniel Boone.
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descend from something

to move down from something. The bird descended from the top of the tree to a lower branch. Take care when you descend from the ladder.
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The latter replied that he was, and that he was descended from one of the most noble families in that city.
When we attempt to estimate the amount of structural difference between the domestic races of the same species, we are soon involved in doubt, from not knowing whether they have descended from one or several parent-species.
In the case of most of our anciently domesticated animals and plants, I do not think it is possible to come to any definite conclusion, whether they have descended from one or several species.
With respect to horses, from reasons which I cannot give here, I am doubtfully inclined to believe, in opposition to several authors, that all the races have descended from one wild stock.
Tulliver's grandfather had been heard to say that he was descended from one Ralph Tulliver, a wonderfully clever fellow, who had ruined himself.
According to the scientific report commissioned by Eretz Hemdah for its ruling, there is a certainty of at least 90% and up to 99% that someone bearing specific genetic markers in their mitochondrial DNA is descended from one of these women.
Instead, they found the horses descended from one of the earliest known groups of domesticated horses, called Botai horses, found in northern Kazakhstan 5,500 years ago.
This contradicts the current popular understanding that dogs descended from one group of wolves that lived closely with early humans.
The distinguished broadcaster, Beti George, is directly descended from one of these matriarchs.
He describes research that has shot down religious convictions such as the belief that all people are descended from one man and one woman.
A sapling descended from one of the apple trees in the garden where Sir Isaac Newton once lived, and it is claimed, had his own eureka moment, will now take pride of place on the grounds of SRC Bede Sixth Form in Billingham.
Clones of cells are all descended from one original cell.
There are hundreds of varieties but all are descended from one introduced from Sicily by Franciscus Cupani in the very last year of the 18th century and still treasured today.
We are also told in a note on the back cover: 'All of Australia's dingoes may be descended from one South-Eastern Asian 'rubbish dog' who arrived over 5,000 years ago.
They say that Obama's mother had at least one African forebear in addition to her white European ancestors, and that the president is most likely descended from one of the first documented African slaves in the United States.