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.


From Latin cinereus, from cinis, ciner-, ashes.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin cinereus, from the stem ciner- meaning ashes. (Wiktionary)



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  • 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

  • resembling ashes, ash-colored

    February 13, 2007