exhume

[ig-zoom, -zyoom, eks-hyoom]
verb (used with object), exhumed, exhuming.
1.
to dig (something buried, especially a dead body) out of the earth; disinter.
2.
to revive or restore after neglect or a period of forgetting; bring to light: to exhume a literary reputation; to exhume old letters.

Origin:
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)
 
vb
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]
 
exhumation
 
n
 
ex'humer
 
n

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exhume
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
Unfortunately for his projects, however, the buried puss was exhumed by hounds.
And, in fact, the dead could look better when exhumed than they did while still
  alive.
They exhumed eight burials and collected scores of artifacts from both cultures.
About six to eight months after a first burial, a body would be exhumed.
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