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noun ash pronunciation in American English /æʃ/
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singularash
pluralashes
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the gray powder that remains after something has burned
    cigarette ash
    All that remained of the fire was a pile of ashes.
  2. 2

    ash

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    ash tree

    [countable] a tree with a smooth gray bark (=substance that covers its trunk)
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    1. a.
      [uncountable] the wood of an ash tree
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  3. 3

    ashes

    [plural] the substance that remains after a persons body has been cremated (=burned after death)
    His ashes are to be scattered at sea.
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