1 [muhm-ee]
noun, plural mummies.
the dead body of a human being or animal preserved by the ancient Egyptian process or some similar method of embalming.
a dead body dried and preserved by nature.
a withered or shrunken living being.
a dry, shriveled fruit, tuber, or other plant organ, resulting from any of several fungous diseases.
verb (used with object), mummied, mummying.
to make into or cause to resemble a mummy; mummify.

1350–1400; Middle English mummie < Medieval Latin mummia < Arabic mūmiyah mummy, literally, bitumen < Persian mūm wax

unmummied, adjective Unabridged


2 [muhm-ee]
noun, plural mummies. Chiefly British.

1815–25; mum4 + -y2 Unabridged
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mummy1 (ˈmʌmɪ)
n , 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
[C14: from Old French momie, from Medieval Latin mumia, from Arabic mūmiyah asphalt, from Persian mūm wax]

mummy2 (ˈmʌmɪ)
n , pl -mies
chiefly (Brit) a child's word for mother
[C19: variant of mum1]

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, "medicine prepared from mummy tissue," from M.L. mumia, from Arabic mumiyah "embalmed body," from Pers. 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.
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Example sentences
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.
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