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Meaning of ASHES

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ash"es\, n. pl. [OE. asche, aske, AS. asce, [ae]sce, axe;
akin to OHG. asca, G. asche, D. asch, Icel. & Sw. aska, Dan.
aske, Goth. azgo.]
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

Easton Bible Dictionary

The ashes of a red heifer burned entire (Num. 19:5) when sprinkled on the unclean made them ceremonially clean (Heb. 9:13).

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).

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