[ig-zoom, -zyoom, eks-hyoom]
verb (used with object), exhumed, exhuming.
to dig (something buried, especially a dead body) out of the earth; disinter.
to revive or restore after neglect or a period of forgetting; bring to light: to exhume a literary reputation; to exhume old letters.

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin exhumāre, equivalent to Latin ex- ex-1 + humāre to inter

exhumation [eks-hyoo-mey-shuhn] , noun
exhumer, noun
unexhumed, adjective
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exhume (ɛksˈhjuːm)
1.  to dig up (something buried, esp a corpse); disinter
2.  to reveal; disclose; unearth: don't exhume that old argument
[C18: from Medieval Latin exhumāre, from Latin ex-1 + humāre to bury, from humus the ground]

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Word Origin & History

1783, from Fr. exhumer, from M.L. exhumare, from L. ex- "out of" + humare "bury," from humus "earth." An earlier form was exhumate (1540s), taken directly from the M.L. Related: Exhumed; exhuming
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Example sentences
Motorists who leave their cars parked on the street this winter are getting
  ample time to hone their exhumation techniques.
Exhumation labor costs have no fixed price, since they depend upon the amount
  of work and time required for exhumation.
There is no time period on how long a body has been buried before an exhumation
  can be done.
Labor costs for exhumation have no fixed price, since they depend on the amount
  of work and time required for exhumation.
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