from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Consisting of or resembling ashes.
- adj. Of a gray color tinged with black.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An ash-gray colour.
- adj. Of an ash-gray colour.
- adj. Like ashes.
- adj. Containing ashes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Like ashes; ash-colored; grayish.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Like ashes; having the color of the ashes of wood; dark opaque gray; ash-gray.
I try to think of all the Audubon birds I know and list them in my head: Painted bunting, swallow-tailed hawk, great cinereous owl, whip-poor-will, the hemlock warbler...
That's because Anakin is a rare cinereous vulture from Mongolia, but somehow he's ended up in Thailand.
To make matters worse, there's an alternate form cinereal defined as 'cinereous.'
I might add that the OED does have cinereous, defined as 'Of an ashy hue, ash-coloured, ashen-gray'—but what color are these ashes?
What caught my attention, though, was the entry a few lines above: cinereous 'gray tinged or shaded with black.'
And to make matters worse, Aegypius monachus is known in English as both cinereous vulture and cinerous vulture.
Blood splashed cinereous fur, and not all of it was theirs, for their teeth were like razors, and he could not keep them all from him.
The soil, now quite dry at the surface, is of a cinereous grey; about a foot below it is brown, which passes, as you proceed, into deeper yellow; about four feet deep, it passes into sand.
Antennæ and legs black; thorax slightly covered with cinereous tomentum; stripes, pectus, and underside of the abdomen hoary; tibiæ red, with black tips; wings brownish grey; radial areolet with a slate-coloured stripe.
Abdomen thinly covered with a fine cinereous pile; the first node of the petiole somewhat oblong-ovate, the second subglobose, the petiole of the first node short.