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white ash

noun
1.
See under ash2 (def 1).
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85, Americanism

ash2

[ash] /æʃ/
noun
1.
any of various trees of the genus Fraxinus, of the olive family, especially F. excelsior, of Europe and Asia, or F. americana (white ash) of North America, having opposite, pinnate leaves and purplish flowers in small clusters.
2.
the tough, straight-grained wood of any of these trees, valued as timber.
3.
Also, æsc. the symbol “æ.”.
Origin
before 900; Middle English asshe, Old English æsc; cognate with Frisian esk, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch asch, Old Saxon, Old High German asc (German Esche, with altered vowel from the adj. derivative eschen, Middle High German eschîn), Old Norse askr; akin to Latin ornus, Welsh onnen, Russian yásenʾ, Czech jasan, Lithuanian úosis, Armenian hatsʰi; Albanian ah beech; < Indo-European *Hoes-
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Examples from the web for white ash
  • The fire has again buried itself in white ash and ceased to glow.
  • When flames have all died down and coals are covered in white ash, place pork on side of grill away from coals.
  • white ash is moderately susceptible to decay and insect damage induced through fire damage.
  • The wood is softer, lighter weight, and easier to work than white ash.
  • Green ash is distinguished from white ash by shield-shaped leaf scars on the twigs.
  • Its wood quality is comparable to that of elm and white ash.
British Dictionary definitions for white ash

ash1

/æʃ/
noun
1.
the nonvolatile products and residue formed when matter is burnt
2.
any of certain compounds formed by burning See soda ash
3.
fine particles of lava thrown out by an erupting volcano
4.
a light silvery grey colour, often with a brownish tinge
See also ashes
related
adjective cinereous
Word Origin
Old English æsce; related to Old Norse, Old High German aska, Gothic azgō, Latin aridus dry

ash2

/æʃ/
noun
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
Word Origin
Old English æsc; related to Old Norse askr, Old Saxon, Old High German ask, Lithuanian uosis

ash3

/æʃ/
noun
1.
the digraph æ, as in Old English, representing a front vowel approximately like that of the a in Modern English hat. The character is also used to represent this sound in the International Phonetic Alphabet

ASH

/æʃ/
noun acronym (in Britain)
1.
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Word Origin and History for white ash

ash

n.

"powdery remains of fire," Old English æsce "ash," from Proto-Germanic *askon (cf. Old Norse and Swedish aska, Old High German asca, German asche, Gothic azgo "ashes"), from PIE root *as- "to burn, glow" (cf. Sanskrit asah "ashes, dust," Armenian azazem "I dry up," Greek azein "to dry up, parch," Latin ardus "parched, dry"). Spanish and Portuguese ascua "red-hot coal" are Germanic loan-words.

Symbol of grief or repentance; hence Ash Wednesday (c.1300), from custom introduced by Pope Gregory the Great of sprinkling ashes on the heads of penitents on the first day of Lent. Ashes meaning "mortal remains of a person" is late 13c., in reference to the ancient custom of cremation.

type of tree, Old English æsc "ash tree," also "spear made of ash wood," from Proto-Germanic *askaz, *askiz (cf. Old Norse askr, Old Saxon ask, Middle Dutch esce, German Esche), from PIE root *os- "ash tree" (cf. Armenian haci "ash tree," Albanian ah "beech," Greek oxya "beech," Latin ornus "wild mountain ash," Russian jasen, Lithuanian uosis "ash"). Ash was the preferred wood for spear-shafts, so Old English æsc sometimes meant "spear" (cf. æsc-here "company armed with spears").

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white ash in the Bible

(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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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