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[si-neer-ee-uh s]
  1. in the state of or reduced to ashes: cinereous bodies.
  2. resembling ashes.
  3. ashen; ash-colored; grayish: a cinereous bird.
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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

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Hall Caine

  • As, when we say hirsuto-cinereous, we mean that the hirsuties only of a body is cinereous.

  • Alcorn found the cinereous shrew at most of his trapping stations.

  • Cinereous, or Cineraceous, ash-grayish; of the color of ashes.

British Dictionary definitions for cinereous


cineritious (ˌsɪnəˈrɪʃəs)

  1. of a greyish colour
  2. resembling or consisting of ashes
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin cinereus, from cinis ashes
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