ashen

1 [ash-uhn]

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see ash1, -en2


1. ashy. 2. pasty, colorless.
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ashen

2 [ash-uhn]
adjective
1.
pertaining to the ash tree or its timber.
2.
made of wood from the ash tree.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English, Old English; see ash2, -en2

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ashen1 (ˈæʃən)
 
adj
1.  drained of colour; pallid
2.  consisting of or resembling ashes
3.  of a pale greyish colour

ashen2 (ˈæʃən)
 
adj
of, relating to, or made from the ash tree or its timber

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ashen
"made of ash wood," c.1300 (see ash (2)); meaning "ash-colored, whitish-gray, deadly pale" is 1808, from ash (1).
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Example sentences
Colors varied from chalky gray to ashen gray, with hints of tan or cocoa brown at times, depending on the angle of view.
His face was ashen, and his eyes darted madly at the cars around them.
She turned ashen at the sight of him, but she steadied herself.
Ablaze in the sunlight, ashen under moonlit skies, the towns make few
  concessions to tourism.
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