cindery

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

cinder +‎ -y

Adjective[edit]

cindery (not comparable)

  1. covered in cinders
    • 1993 November 19, Lee Sandlin, “The American Scheme”, Chicago Reader:
      A new interstate blasted like an infinite airstrip straight through the hills toward the horizon; it had been done so brutally that we kept seeing on either side of the freeway corridor the stump-ends of the old cindery roads, and boarded-up tourist traps dangling precariously on the sheared hillsides.
    • 1913, Charles Darwin, A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World[1]:
      Even the form of a crater can but rarely be discovered on the summits of the many red cindery hills; yet the more recent streams can be distinguished on the coast, forming lines of cliffs of less height, but stretching out in advance of those belonging to an older series: the height of the cliffs thus affording a rude measure of the age of the streams.
    • 1884, John Addington Symonds, New Italian sketches[2]:
      The whole of this coast has been spoiled by the recent upheaval of Monte Nuovo with its lava floods and cindery deluges.
    • 1880, Charles Dickens, The Letters of Charles Dickens[3]:
      There were men there who made such speeches and expressed such sentiments as any moderately intelligent dustman would have blushed through his cindery bloom to have thought of.
    • 1873, Various, Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII, No. 28. July, 1873.[4]:
      All at once a shriek or yell of "Hard aport!" and a great iron outward-bound steamer from Hong-Kong bursts into the unwieldy Chinaman, goes crunching through her like ripping pasteboard; tears her open; snarls through steamy nostrils and cindery fiery mouth, and growls over her wreck.
    • 1866, Herman Melville, Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War[5]:
      The wagon mired and cannon dragged Have trenched their scar; the plain Tramped like the cindery beach of the damned-- A site for the city of Cain.