|the Ashes a cremated cricket stump in a pottery urn now preserved at Lord's. Victory or defeat in test matches between England and Australia is referred to as winning, losing, or retaining the Ashes|
|[from the mock obituary of English cricket in The Times in 1882 after a great Australian victory at the Oval, in which it was said that the body would be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia]|
|1.||the nonvolatile products and residue formed when matter is burnt|
|2.||See soda ash any of certain compounds formed by burning|
|3.||fine particles of lava thrown out by an erupting volcano|
|4.||a light silvery grey colour, often with a brownish tinge|
|[Old English æsce; related to Old Norse, Old High German aska, Gothic azgō, Latin aridus dry]|
|1.||any oleaceous tree of the genus Fraxinus, esp F. excelsior of Europe and Asia, having compound leaves, clusters of small greenish flowers, and winged seeds|
|2.||the close-grained durable wood of any of these trees, used for tool handles, etc|
|3.||any of several trees resembling the ash, such as the mountain ash|
|4.||(Austral) any of several Australian trees resembling the ash, esp of the eucalyptus genus|
|[Old English æsc; related to Old Norse askr, Old Saxon, Old High German ask, Lithuanian uosis]|
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The ashes of a red heifer burned entire (Num. 19:5) when sprinkled on the unclean made them ceremonially clean (Heb. 9:13). To cover the head with ashes was a token of self-abhorrence and humiliation (2 Sam. 13:19; Esther 4:3; Jer. 6:26, etc.). To feed on ashes (Isa. 44:20), means to seek that which will prove to be vain and unsatisfactory, and hence it denotes the unsatisfactory nature of idol-worship. (Comp. Hos. 12:1).
(Heb. o'ren, "tremulous"), mentioned only Isa. 44:14 (R.V., "fir tree"). It is rendered "pine tree" both in the LXX. and Vulgate versions. There is a tree called by the Arabs _aran_, found still in the valleys of Arabia Petraea, whose leaf resembles that of the mountain ash. This may be the tree meant. Our ash tree is not known in Syria.