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Ash refers to the residue produced from a burnt or incinerated object, such as a cigar, or the matter expelled after a volcanic eruption.
Places where ‘ash’ is commonly found: ash trays, vases or urns, the sky over Iceland.
‘Let’s go to Eyjaf- uh Ijafff- uh, Eefaj- uhm, let’s go to that volcano and see some ash!’
‘Did you stash the cash in the ash tray?’
‘Ash’ shouldn’t be confused with ‘hash’ or ‘cash’, although all three of these substances have been known to obscure visibility.
The secret ingredient to many barbecue sauces is ash!
‘Ash’ is also a type of tree. If you wanted, you could make an ash tray from ash tree.
Arthur Ashe was the first black male tennis player to win a Grand Slam event (the 1968 U.S. Open). Yannick Noah was the second.
French singer Arthur H is neither a tree nor a tennis player.
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