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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ash·es n. pl.
 1. The earthy or mineral particles of combustible substances remaining after combustion, as of wood or coal.
 2. Specifically: The remains of the human body when burnt, or when “returned to dust” by natural decay.
    Their martyred blood and ashes sow.   --Milton.
    The coffins were broken open. The ashes were scattered to the winds.   --Macaulay.
 3. The color of ashes; deathlike paleness.
    The lip of ashes, and the cheek of flame.   --Byron.
 In dust and ashes, In sackcloth and ashes, with humble expression of grief or repentance; -- from the method of mourning in Eastern lands.
 Volcanic ashes, or  Volcanic ash, the loose, earthy matter, or small fragments of stone or lava, ejected by volcanoes.

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    The ashes of a red heifer burned entire (Num. 19:5) when
    sprinkled on the unclean made them ceremonially clean (Heb.
      To cover the head with ashes was a token of self-abhorrence
    and humiliation (2 Sam. 13:19; Esther 4:3; Jer. 6:26, etc.).
      To feed on ashes (Isa. 44:20), means to seek that which will
    prove to be vain and unsatisfactory, and hence it denotes the
    unsatisfactory nature of idol-worship. (Comp. Hos. 12:1).