mummify

[muhm-uh-fahy]
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.
verb (used without object), mummified, mummifying.
3.
to dry or shrivel up.

Origin:
1620–30; mummy1 + -fy

mummification, noun
half-mummified, adjective
unmummified, adjective
unmummifying, adjective
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mummify (ˈmʌmɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  (tr) to preserve the body of (a human or animal) as a mummy
2.  (intr) to dry up; shrivel
3.  (tr) to preserve (an outdated idea, institution, etc) while making lifeless
 
mummifi'cation
 
n

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mummify
1620s, from Fr. momifier, from momie, from M.L. mumia (see mummy).
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Example sentences
In this arid and cold climate without the presence of scavengers, bodies mummify and remain for years.
Under some conditions, especially in well populated leaf or stem galls, numerous individuals will mummify without crawling away.
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