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[muhm-uh-fahy] /ˈmʌm əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), mummified, mummifying.
to make (a dead body) into a mummy, as by embalming and drying.
to make (something) resemble a mummy; dry or shrivel up:
The dead lizard was mummified by the hot desert air.
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.
to dry or shrivel up.
Origin of mummify
1620-30; mummy1 + -fy
Related forms
mummification, noun
half-mummified, adjective
unmummified, adjective
unmummifying, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mummified
  • Several medicines are made from the dried caterpillars that have been mummified by the fungi.
  • And his mummified body lies in an eerie mausoleum in the square.
  • mummified corpses of dead chickens were in cages with live ones.
  • Let's peer into fossilised or mummified stool samples left behind by our ancestors.
  • The frosting has mostly disintegrated and the nuts on top are mummified.
  • The pyramid, intended to hold the mummified remains of the king, was constructed of stone that was carved to resemble wood.
  • His body was mummified to preserve for the ka's use.
  • His back and shoulders were bare, perfectly mummified, a translucent alabaster.
  • Field paleontologists drill under a mummified dinosaur's ten-ton body block, now separated from its tail.
  • His mummified remains show telltale pockmarks on his skin.
British Dictionary definitions for mummified


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(transitive) to preserve (an outdated idea, institution, etc) while making lifeless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



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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