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ashen

1
of a pale greyish colour

ashen

2
of, relating to, or made from the ash tree or its timber
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Then my heart it grew ashen and sober As the leaves that were crisped and sere -- As the leaves that were withering and sere -- And I cried -- "It was surely October On this very night of last year, That I journeyed -- I journeyed down here
There was a healthful suffusion on their cheeks, instead of the ashen hue that had made them look so corpse-like.
In the lead was an officer, and just behind him, wide-eyed and perhaps still a little ashen, the warrior who had so recently departed in haste.
The valiant Chinaman sought the ashen throat of his antagonist, but his wiry, sinewy muscles were as reeds beneath the force of that inhuman power that opposed them.
This was the ashen spear from Mount Pelion, which Chiron had cut upon a mountain top and had given to Peleus, wherewith to deal out death among heroes.
Euphorbus then ran back into the crowd, after drawing his ashen spear out of the wound; he would not stand firm and wait for Patroclus, unarmed though he now was, to attack him; but Patroclus unnerved, alike by the blow the god had given him and by the spear-wound, drew back under cover of his men in fear for his life.
Tom turned his ashen face imploring toward the speaker, made some impotent movements with his white lips, then slid limp and lifeless to the floor.
At this crowning insult the sompnour, with a face ashen with rage, raised up a quivering hand and began pouring Latin imprecations upon the angry alderman.
It was morning when he rose up and came down into the kitchen-- haggard and ashen gray, reeling and dazed.
As she had spoken, I watched the Professor's face, and saw it turn ashen gray.
Many made at me with their ashen spears and tried to kill me in their fury, but the king protected me, for he feared the wrath of Jove the protector of strangers, who punishes those who do evil.
Less far-fetched was an 1872 proposal by Pierre de Heen suggesting that, since Venus is much closer to the Sun, auroral activity there must have intensity "the likes of which we can hardly imagine" and that this might account for the ashen light.