[si-neer-ee-uh s]


in the state of or reduced to ashes: cinereous bodies.
resembling ashes.
ashen; ash-colored; grayish: a cinereous bird.

Also cin·er·i·tious [sin-uh-rish-uh s] /ˌsɪn əˈrɪʃ əs/.

Origin of cinereous

1655–65; < Latin cinereus, equivalent to ciner- (stem of cinis) ashes + -eus -eous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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cineritious (ˌsɪnəˈrɪʃəs)


of a greyish colour
resembling or consisting of ashes

Word Origin for cinereous

C17: from Latin cinereus, from cinis ashes
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