One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘his cadaverous face’
pale, deathly pale, pallid, white, bloodless, ashen, ashen-faced, ashy, chalky, chalk-white, grey, white-faced, whey-faced, waxen, waxy, corpse-like, deathlike, ghostly
very thin, as thin as a rake, bony, skeletal, emaciated, skin-and-bones, scrawny, scraggy, raw-boned, haggard, gaunt, drawn, pinched, hollow-cheeked, hollow-eyed
informal like death warmed up, like a bag of bones, anorexic
rare livid, etiolated, lymphatic, exsanguinous, starveling, macilent
rosy, florid, fat, plump
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