(Greek: ashes; waste materials)
2. A reference to other types of ash; such as, the scrapings from the inside of a furnace.
3. Bone charcoal; especially, spent bone black from sugar factories used in making superphosphate.
2. Pertaining to or caused by waste materials in an organ.
2. A photograph or diagram picturing the distribution of mineral ash of a cell or tissue section following microincineration.
2. The microincineration of a cell or tissue section for the study of the distribution of nonvolatile mineral ash.
Also known as tephramancy or tuphramancy, it is a method of divination by means of the cinders, ashes or soot from sacrificial fires. The specific type of spodomancy that used patterns formed in the ashes of burned offerings made to the gods was often called tephromancy.
According to a Middle Ages method, hollow, oblong cinders were known as "coffins", indicating a coming death in the family; oval cinders, called "cradles", were indicative of the advent of a child. Round cinders, called "purses", indicated prosperity, and heart-shaped ones were the sign of a lover.
In Scotland it was said that if a clot of soot fell down the chimney during a wedding breakfast, it was a portent of bad luck for the newlywed couple.