Main meanings of white ash in English

: white ash1white ash2

white ash1

noun

  • 1An ash tree native to eastern North America, Fraxinus americana, widely cultivated for its timber; (also) the strong, pale wood of this tree, now favoured especially for the manufacture of baseball bats (frequently attributive).

  • 2Australian Any of various other trees thought to resemble the white ash, or producing similar timber, especially Eucalyptus fraxinoides (family Myrtaceae).

Origin

Late 16th century (in an earlier sense). From white + ash.

Pronunciation

white ash

/ˌwʌɪt ˈaʃ/

Main meanings of white ash in English

: white ash1white ash2

white ash2

noun

historical Chemistry
  • Refined sodium carbonate, prepared from black ash by washing with water followed by evaporation.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From white + ash.

Pronunciation

white ash

/ˌwʌɪt ˈaʃ/