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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