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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 of ashen1
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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  • He was coming downstairs with quaking legs; his face was ashen white, and he leaned heavily on the banisters.

  • She saw his hands withdrawn, and she saw his ashen lips part slowly.

    The New Tenant E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The colour died into an ashen gray and the air grew cold, with a heaviness beside that dragged at the very soul.

    By order of the company Mary Johnston
  • The skies they were ashen and sober, and the leaves they were crisped and sere.

    The Martian George Du Maurier
  • The subtle odor increased in intensity and the Viscount's face changed from violet to an ashen paleness.

  • The girl's personality seemed as ashen as her hair, as colourless as her face.

  • The true Temptation of this world and flesh wears grey rags, dishevelled hair, and an ashen cheek.

    Nights in London Thomas Burke
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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