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mummify

[muhm-uh-fahy] /ˈmʌm əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), mummified, mummifying.
1.
to make (a dead body) into a mummy, as by embalming and drying.
2.
to make (something) resemble a mummy; dry or shrivel up:
The dead lizard was mummified by the hot desert air.
3.
to preserve (an idea, institution, custom, etc.) that may have outlived its usefulness or relevance:
Those mummified customs have no place in society today.
verb (used without object), mummified, mummifying.
4.
to dry or shrivel up.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; mummy1 + -fy
Related forms
mummification, noun
half-mummified, adjective
unmummified, adjective
unmummifying, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for half-mummified

mummify

/ˈmʌmɪˌfaɪ/
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
(transitive) to preserve the body of (a human or animal) as a mummy
2.
(intransitive) to dry up; shrivel
3.
(transitive) to preserve (an outdated idea, institution, etc) while making lifeless
Derived Forms
mummification, noun
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Word Origin and History for half-mummified

mummify

v.

1620s, from French momifier, from momie "mummy," from Medieval Latin mumia (see mummy) + -fier "to make into" (see -fy). Related: Mummified; mummifying.

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