from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Consisting of ashes.
- adj. Resembling ashes, especially in color; very pale: A face ashen with grief.
- adj. Of, relating to, or made from the wood of the ash tree.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Made from the wood of the ash tree.
- adj. Of or resembling ashes.
- adj. Ash-colored; pale; anemic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the ash tree.
- adj. Consisting of, or resembling, ashes; of a color between brown and gray, or white and gray.
- n. obs. pl. for ashes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to the ash-tree or its timber; made of ash.
- Consisting of or resembling ashes; ash-colored: as, “the ashen hue of age,”
- n. Obsolete plural of ash.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. anemic looking from illness or emotion
- adj. made of wood of the ash tree
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They have found kind of ashen remains they believe are Kenneth Countie ` s.
Still "ashen" having driven all the way back to/from San Diego after seeing a driver back up to an off-ramp?
Forgive me Brian, but if those kind of things make one "ashen" I'm slightly surprized you travel in Mexico at all!
Then Eleanor's hair, which was heavy and straight and a kind of ashen brown, was always worn parted in the middle and fixed in a great loose knot at the back of her neck.
However, in light of recent events, we take our original assessment back, recalling the ashen expression on Ms. Waldman’s face, and her unnerving sense that she was encountering some literary huckster there only to talk with other authors and drink free merlot partly true and that this, as written in her frown and her dilated eyes, was in some sense a damning crime against the human race.
Fresh from an "ashen" escape, Manmohan walked into the volcano today
He was on the verge of physical collapse and his face was ashen.
He asked, “Are there any dead?” and he turned absolutely ashen.
That afternoon I walked past acres of forest that had been burned, leaving black, ashen remains on trees and the heavy scent of sulfur in the air.
Ed Stoppard convinced as Litten in his bullish excitement, then in his ashen, dawning shock (refusing to flee, he ended up in Dachau, where he killed himself); Anton Lesser was strong as his senior colleague Rudolf (who did flee); Bill Paterson was nicely evasive as the craven judge.
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