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Topic: PLANTS

Sense: 1-2
Origin: Old English asce
Sense: 3
Origin: Old English ├Žsc

ash

noun
     
ash
1D [uncountable and countable] the soft grey powder that remains after something has been burned:
cigarette ash
The house burnt to ashes.
2

ashes

[plural]
a) the ash that remains when a dead person's body is burned:
b) a situation in which something is completely destroyed:
The organization has risen from the ashes to become very successful.
All her hopes and dreams had turned to ashes.
3HBP [uncountable and countable] a tree that is common in Britain and North America, or the wood from this tree
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