- 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
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Examples from the Web for cinereous
The gills are slightly emarginate, rather narrow, cinereous.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
The place did not even justify its name, for it was a cinereous wreck.The Scapegoat
As, when we say hirsuto-cinereous, we mean that the hirsuties only of a body is cinereous.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. IV (of 4)
Alcorn found the cinereous shrew at most of his trapping stations.Mammals taken Along the Alaska Highway
Rollin H. Baker
Cinereous, or Cineraceous, ash-grayish; of the color of ashes.The Elements of Botany
- of a greyish colour
- resembling or consisting of ashes
C17: from Latin cinereus, from cinis ashes
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