Etymology
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ashen (adj.1)

"ash-colored, whitish-gray, deadly pale," 1807, from ash (n.1) + -en (2).

ashen (adj.2)

"made of ash wood," c. 1300; see ash (n.2) + -en (2). The meaning "pertaining to the ash tree" is from 1560s.

updated on September 26, 2022

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Definitions of ashen from WordNet

ashen (adj.)
anemic looking from illness or emotion; "lips...livid with the hue of death"- Mary W. Shelley;
a face turned ashen
Synonyms: blanched / bloodless / livid / white
ashen (adj.)
made of wood of the ash tree;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.