Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Consisting of or resembling ashes.
  • adjective Of a gray color tinged with black.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Like ashes; having the color of the ashes of wood; dark opaque gray; ash-gray.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Like ashes; ash-colored; grayish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An ash-gray colour.
  • adjective Of an ash-gray colour.
  • adjective Like ashes.
  • adjective Containing ashes.

Etymologies

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

[From Latin cinereus, from cinis, ciner-, ashes.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin cinereus, from the stem ciner- meaning ashes.

Examples

  • 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...

    The Memory Palace

  • 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...

    The Memory Palace

  • That's because Anakin is a rare cinereous vulture from Mongolia, but somehow he's ended up in Thailand.

    CNN Transcript May 11, 2007

  • To make matters worse, there's an alternate form cinereal defined as 'cinereous.'

    languagehat.com: ASHES TO ASHES.

  • 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?

    languagehat.com: ASHES TO ASHES.

  • What caught my attention, though, was the entry a few lines above: cinereous 'gray tinged or shaded with black.'

    languagehat.com: ASHES TO ASHES.

  • And to make matters worse, Aegypius monachus is known in English as both cinereous vulture and cinerous vulture.

    languagehat.com: ASHES TO ASHES.

  • 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.

    Conan The Magnificent

  • 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.

    Conan The Magnificent

  • 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.

    Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and the Neighbouring Countries

Comments

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  • resembling ashes, ash-colored

    February 13, 2007

  • The zombies, disfigured and carious,

    (What flesh still attaches - cinereous)

    Are meant to apall

    But I find withal

    Their affect is downright hilarious.

    April 9, 2016