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Grandfather Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    grandfather n : the father of your father or mother [syn: gramps, granddad, grandad, granddaddy, grandpa]
Grandfather Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Grandfather \Grand"fa"ther\, n. A father's or mother's father; an ancestor in the next degree above the father or mother in lineal ascent. Grandfather longlegs. (Zo["o]l.) See Daddy longlegs.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Grandfather'

Grandparents are the parents of a person's own parent, whether that be a father or a mother. Every sexually-reproducing creature who is not a genetic chimera has a maximum of four genetic grandparents, eight genetic great-grandparents, sixteen genetic great-great-grandparents, etc. Rarely, such as in the case of sibling or half-sibling incest, these numbers are lower.

In the history of modern humanity, around 30,000 years ago, the number of modern humans who lived to be grandparents began to skyrocket. It is not known for certain what spurred this increase in longevity. But it is believed that a key consequence of three generations being alive together was the facilitation of the passing along of information that prior to that point would have been lost. This sort of information might have been for instance, where to find water in times of drought.

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* I don't know who my grandfather was I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be. - Abraham Lincoln

* If the grandfather of the grandfather of Jesus had known what was hidden within him, he would have stood humble and awe-struck before his soul. - Kahlil Gibran

* My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group there was much less competition. - Indira Nehru Gandhi

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