from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or covered with ashes.
  • adj. Having the color of ashes; pale.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having the color of ashes.
  • adj. A pallor.
  • adj. having dry or dead skin (therefore discolored).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or composed of, ashes; filled, or strewed with, ashes.
  • adj. Ash-colored; whitish gray; deadly pale.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Belonging to, consisting of, or resembling ashes; hence, ash-colored; pale.
  • Sprinkled with ashes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of a light grey


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