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ashen1

[ash-uh n] /ˈæʃ ən/
adjective
1.
ash-colored; gray.
2.
extremely pale; drained of color; pallid:
His face was ashen.
3.
consisting of ashes.
Origin of ashen1
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at ash1, -en2
Synonyms
1. ashy. 2. pasty, colorless.

ashen2

[ash-uh n] /ˈæʃ ən/
adjective
1.
pertaining to the ash tree or its timber.
2.
made of wood from the ash tree.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English, Old English; see ash2, -en2
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  • Slowly, faintly, the colour crept back into that ashen face.

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  • She stared at him with an ashen face and gulped twice before she could speak.

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  • At noon there was no sunshine, only a wan, ashen light that suffused the sky.

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  • My face must have been ashen, for Sam put a hand on my shoulder.

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  • The third was of an ashen colour throughout: this was Paleness!

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  • "It is lost forever," he said, with an ashen cheek and a quiver in his stern voice.

British Dictionary definitions for ashen

ashen1

/ˈæʃən/
adjective
1.
drained of colour; pallid
2.
consisting of or resembling ashes
3.
of a pale greyish colour

ashen2

/ˈæʃən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or made from the ash tree or its timber
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Word Origin and History for ashen
adj.

"made of ash wood," c.1300; see ash (n.2) + -en (2); meaning "ash-colored, whitish-gray, deadly pale" is 1808, from ash (n.1).

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