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ash

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noun \ˈash\

Definition of ash

  1. 1 :  any of a genus (Fraxinus) of trees of the olive family with pinnate leaves, thin furrowed bark, and gray branchlets

  2. 2 :  the tough elastic wood of an ash

  3. 3 [Old English æsc, name of the corresponding runic letter] :  the ligature æ used in Old English and some phonetic alphabets to represent a low front vowel \a\



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Origin of ash

Middle English asshe, from Old English æsc; akin to Old High German ask ash, Latin ornus mountain ash


First Known Use: before 12th century


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ash

noun

Definition of ash

  1. 1 :  something that symbolizes grief, repentance, or humiliation

  2. 2 a :  the solid residue left when combustible material is thoroughly burned or is oxidized by chemical means b :  fine particles of mineral matter from a volcanic vent

  3. 3 plural :  the remains of the dead human body after cremation or disintegration

  4. 4 plural :  deathly pallor <the lip of ashes and the cheek of flame — Lord Byron>

  5. 5 plural :  ruins

ash·lessplay \-ləs\ adjective


Origin of ash

Middle English asshe, from Old English asce — more at arid


First Known Use: before 12th century


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ash

verb

Definition of ash

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to convert into ash



Circa 1894

First Known Use of ash

circa 1894


Medical Dictionary

ash

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noun \ˈash\

Medical Definition of ash

  1. 1:  the solid residue left when combustible material is thoroughly burned or is oxidized by chemical means

  2. 2ashes pl :  the remains of the dead human body after cremation or disintegration





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