ci·​ne·​re·​ous sə-ˈnir-ē-əs How to pronounce cinereous (audio)
: gray tinged with black
: resembling or consisting of ashes

Examples of cinereous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some are the polar bears and harbor seals; the cheetahs, Thomson's gazelles, southern ground hornbills and cinereous vultures; and the African lions, waterbuck, kudu and zebra. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Dec. 2021 The griffon vultures’ continued success in the region also offers hope for the cinereous and bearded vultures, both of which are native to Bulgaria but are now found only in Asia. Lindsey McGinnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 June 2021

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Word History


Latin cinereus, from ciner-, cinis

First Known Use

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cinereous was in 1661

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“Cinereous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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