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Ash (n.) A genus of trees of the Olive family, having opposite pinnate leaves, many of the species furnishing valuable timber, as the European ash (Fraxinus excelsior) and the white ash (F. Americana).
Ash (n.) The tough, elastic wood of the ash tree.
Ash (n.) sing. of Ashes.
Ash (v. t.) To strew or sprinkle with ashes.
Ashes (n. pl.) The earthy or mineral particles of combustible substances remaining after combustion, as of wood or coal.
Ashes (n. pl.) Specifically: The remains of the human body when burnt, or when "returned to dust" by natural decay.
Ashes (n. pl.) The color of ashes; deathlike paleness.