[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.
verb (used without object), mummified, mummifying.
to dry or shrivel up.
1620–30; mummy1 + -fy
Related forms
mummification, noun
half-mummified, adjective
unmummified, adjective
unmummifying, adjective
Example Sentences for mummify
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.
British Dictionary definitions for mummify
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  (tr) to preserve (an outdated idea, institution, etc) while making lifeless

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Word Origin and History for mummify
1620s, from Fr. momifier, from momie, from M.L. mumia (see mummy).
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