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ancestor / forebears
father's father / paternal grandfather
  *祖* | 祖* | *祖
surname Zu
  *祖* | 祖* | *祖
ancestor / forefather / grandparents
founder (of a craft, religious sect etc)
the earliest ancestor / originator (of a tradition, school of thought etc)
Buddha / founder of a buddhist sect
ancestral hometown / original domicile (and civil registration)
Matsu, name of a sea goddess still widely worshipped on the SE China coast and in SE Asia
to offer sacrifices to one's ancestors
passed on from ancestors / handed down from generation to generation
ancestor / forebear
ancestral tomb
ancestors (old)
father's mother / paternal grandmother
Joey Wong (1967-), Taiwanese actress
primogenitor / founder of a school or trade
Shengzu, temple name of the second Qing emperor, known as the Kangxi Emperor (1654-1722) / cf. 康熙
divine ancester / patron saint
Great Ancestor (posthumous title, e.g. for the founder of a dynasty)
Zuma (name) / Jacob Zuma (1942-), South African ANC politician, vice-president 1999-2005, president 2009-2018
deceased grandfather / ancestry
Zheng Guangzu, Yuan dynasty dramatist in the 雜劇|杂剧 tradition of musical comedy, one of the Four Great Yuan dramatists 元曲四大家
Tang Xianzu (1550-1616), Ming poet and dramatist, author of The Peony Pavilion 牡丹亭
to defend one's country
ancestors / forefathers / ancestry
great-grandfather (father of one's paternal grandfather)
founder (of a craft, religious sect etc)
Matsu Islands off Fujian, administered by Taiwan
a remote ancestor
brat / little devil
Peng Zu (legendary figure of Taoism who lived 800 years)
Song Zuying (1966-), Chinese folk music singer
maternal grandfather (i.e. mother's father)
Joey Yung (1980-), Hong Kong pop singer and actress
posthumous name of the first Han emperor Liu Bang 劉邦|刘邦 (256 or 247-195 BC), reigned 202-195 BC
Zu Chongzhi (429-500), astronomer and mathematician
Zulu people
father's father's father / paternal great-grandfather
for generations / from generation to generation
atavism (biology)
ancestry / lineage / pedigree / also written 祖係|祖系
to recount history but omit one's ancestors (idiom); to forget one's roots
former residence / one's original home
to bring honor to one's ancestors
mother's mother / maternal grandmother
dinosaur ancestor of birds
Sha Zukang (1947-), Chinese diplomat
grandfather's younger brother
father's father's mother / paternal great-grandmother
people of one's grandparents' generation
founding master of a monastery / founder / originator
Emperor Gaozu of Tang, reign name of first Tang emperor Li Yuan 李淵|李渊 (566-635), reigned 618-626
(polite) my paternal grandfather
paternal grandparents
ancestral tomb
many generations of ancestors
proto-language / parent language (linguistics)
great-grandmother (mother's grandmother)
great-grandfather (mother's grandfather)
Wuzuquan - "Five Ancestors" - Martial Art
Matsu Islands
Committee for Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland (North Korean)
dinosaur ancestors of birds
direct ancestor
movement to restore the fatherland
vuvuzela (horn) (loanword)
father's father's sister / great aunt
vuvuzela (horn blown by sports fans)
Jeonjo (1752-1800), 22nd king of Korean Joseon dynasty
father's father's brother's wife / great aunt
father's father's brother / great uncle
Ming Chengzu, temple name of third Ming Emperor Yongle 永樂|永乐
posthumous title of Nurhaci 努爾哈赤|努尔哈赤 (1559-1626), founder and first Khan of the Manchu Later Jin dynasty 後金|后金 (from 1616)
posthumous title of Genghis Khan 成吉思汗 (1162-1227)
wife of paternal grandfather's younger brother
bazooka (loanword)
lit. progenitor of the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368), title of Khubilai Khan (1215-1294), first Yuan dynasty emperor, reigned 1260-1294
flamingo lily (Anthurium andraeanum)
Emperor Taizu of Song, posthumous title of the founding Song emperor Zhao Kuangyin 趙匡胤|赵匡胤 (927-976), reigned from 960
Ming Taizu, temple name of first Ming emperor Hongwu 洪武
to bring honor to one's ancestors (idiom) / also written 光宗耀祖

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