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- n. A tree of the genus Fraxinus, with compound leaves and a tough, flexible wood.
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- n. any of various deciduous pinnate-leaved ornamental or timber trees of the genus Fraxinus
An ash tree growing just behind it strokes the roof and plays tunes on the stove-pipe chimney with its branches whenever the wind blows.
Why should we sneer at the Norse conception of Yggdrasill, the great ash tree whose boughs are through all the heavens and its roots through all the world, while we hold a belief in the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life?
Soon the wood-pigeons roosting in the ash tree at eye level grew used to me.
It sang its heart out, moving about the roof now and then between phrases or cadenzas to a new vantage point, eventually ascending into the ash tree that overhangs the hut and the pond beside it.
Man's ingenuity cut and notched the reed for joy and bound the wood straitly for pain; but the hollow reed and the ash tree were not of his shaping any more than the wild melody of the syrinx or the magnificent silence of Calvary were of human impulse.
Studying an ash tree on 24 July 1866, Gerard Manley Hopkins writes in his journal of a bright blind of leaves drawing and condensing the light’ and observes earlier that year in May how the pale window-like green’ of beech leaves is spotted with soft darks by the now and then overlapping of the leaves’.