ci·​ne·​re·​ous | \ sə-ˈnir-ē-əs How to pronounce cinereous (audio) \

Definition of cinereous

1 : gray tinged with black
2 : resembling or consisting of ashes

Examples of cinereous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of cinereous

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cinereous

Latin cinereus, from ciner-, cinis

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“Cinereous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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