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ashen1

[ash-uh n] /ˈæʃ ən/
adjective
1.
ash-colored; gray.
2.
extremely pale; drained of color; pallid:
His face was ashen.
3.
consisting of ashes.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see ash1, -en2
Synonyms
1. ashy. 2. pasty, colorless.

ashen2

[ash-uh n] /ˈæʃ ən/
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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Examples from the web for ashen
  • Colors varied from chalky gray to ashen gray, with hints of tan or cocoa brown at times, depending on the angle of view.
  • Ablaze in the sunlight, ashen under moonlit skies, the towns make few concessions to tourism.
  • Her face was ashen and her eyes were solid and did not respond to light.
  • However, acid rain bled the trees of their pigmentation, turning them ashen grey.
  • Marlin hustled back downstairs and grabbed a fire extinguisher, but ashen billows stopped him short.
  • As they filed out, they were ashen faced and silent.
  • When he came out he looked ashy, his lips were ashen.
  • Blackened dirt and ashen remains of the wooden posts that supported the structure are as vivid as a campfire put out yesterday.
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for ashen

ashen1

/ˈæʃən/
adjective
1.
drained of colour; pallid
2.
consisting of or resembling ashes
3.
of a pale greyish colour

ashen2

/ˈæʃən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or made from the ash tree or its timber
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Word Origin and History for ashen
adj.

"made of ash wood," c.1300; see ash (n.2) + -en (2); meaning "ash-colored, whitish-gray, deadly pale" is 1808, from ash (n.1).

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