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mummy1

[muhm-ee] /ˈmʌm i/
noun, plural mummies.
1.
the dead body of a human being or animal preserved by the ancient Egyptian process or some similar method of embalming.
2.
a dead body dried and preserved by nature.
3.
a withered or shrunken living being.
4.
a dry, shriveled fruit, tuber, or other plant organ, resulting from any of several fungous diseases.
verb (used with object), mummied, mummying.
5.
to make into or cause to resemble a mummy; mummify.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English mummie < Medieval Latin mummia < Arabic mūmiyah mummy, literally, bitumen < Persian mūm wax
Related forms
unmummied, adjective

mummy2

[muhm-ee] /ˈmʌm i/
noun, plural mummies. Chiefly British
1.
Origin
1815-25; mum4 + -y2
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  • They placed the mummies in new wooden boxes and sealed the entrances.
  • It's the oldest genetic proof for malaria in well-dated mummies.
  • These herpetological mummies remain in their cocoons for the duration of the dry season.
  • Many of the mummies were richly adorned with jewels.
  • As far as he was concerned, the statues and mummies went out the window.
  • There are mummies by design and mummies by accident.
  • Dinosaur mummies, or dinosaurs with skin impressions intact, have been known for over a century.
  • Families of means commissioned artists to paint portraits of loved ones for the eventual adornment of their mummies.
  • For archaeologists and other scientists, mummies are a wealth of information.
  • Movie mummies are known for two things: fabulous riches and a nasty curse that brings treasure hunters to a bad end.
British Dictionary definitions for mummies

mummy1

/ˈmʌmɪ/
noun (pl) -mies
1.
an embalmed or preserved body, esp as prepared for burial in ancient Egypt
2.
(obsolete) the substance of such a body used medicinally
3.
a mass of pulp
4.
a dark brown pigment
Word Origin
C14: from Old French momie, from Medieval Latin mumia, from Arabic mūmiyah asphalt, from Persian mūm wax

mummy2

/ˈmʌmɪ/
noun (pl) -mies
1.
(mainly Brit) a child's word for mother1
Word Origin
C19: variant of mum1
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Word Origin and History for mummies

mummy

n.

c.1400, "medicine prepared from mummy tissue," from Medieval Latin mumia, from Arabic mumiyah "embalmed body," from Persian mumiya "asphalt," from mum "wax." Sense of "embalmed body" first recorded in English 1610s. Mummy wheat (1842) was said to be cultivated from grains found in mummy-cases.

1784, childish alteration of mammy. Alternative form mumsy attested by 1876.

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