descendant


descendant

noun

  1. a person or animal that is descended from a specific ancestor; an offspring.
  2. something deriving in appearance, function, or general character from an earlier form.
  3. an adherent who follows closely the teachings, methods, practices, etc., of an earlier master, as in art, music, philosophy, etc.; disciple.
  4. Astrology.
    1. the point opposite the ascendant.
    2. the point of the ecliptic or the sign and degree of the zodiac setting below the western horizon at the time of a birth or of an event.
    3. the cusp of the seventh house.

adjective

  1. descending; descendent.

noun

  1. a person, animal, or plant when described as descended from an individual, race, species, etc
  2. something that derives or is descended from an earlier form

adjective

  1. a variant spelling of descendent

noun

  1. astrology the point on the ecliptic lying directly opposite the Ascendant

mid-15c. (adj.), c.1600 (n.), from French descendant (13c.), present participle of descendre (see descend). Despite a tendency to use descendent for the adjective and descendant for the noun, descendant seems to be prevailing in all uses and appears 5 times more often than its rival in books printed since 1900. Cf. dependant.

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