verb (used with object), ex·humed, ex·hum·ing.
Origin of exhume
Examples from the Web for exhumation
There are plenty more candidates for exhumation, too, if we fancy it.Scientists Exhume the Heart of Richard the Lionheart|Dan Jones|March 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Vatican agreed last month to finally settle the issue by granting the Italian police permission for the exhumation.Italian Police Open a Mobster’s Vatican-Owned Tomb in Search of a Missing Girl|Barbie Latza Nadeau|May 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
His remains were buried in a family plot in Bavaria until their exhumation Wednesday.
That was before an exhumation team found his mother's remains and was finally able to identify them just this past summer.
However, there had been comedy and absurdity also, perhaps rather more fit for exhumation now than those deeper moments.Sinister Street, vol. 2|Compton Mackenzie
In 1793, at the exhumation of the bodies buried at the Abbey of St. Denis, rings were found in several of the royal tombs.Finger-Ring Lore|William Jones
The question of the exhumation of the body appears to be involved in legal technicalities as to the ownership of the vault.The Portland Peerage Romance|Charles J. Archard
She—and I—only heard of the exhumation several days after it had taken place.My Memoirs|Marguerite Steinheil
A hard task, this exhumation by dint of the blows of a cleft and palpitating head.The Life of the Fly|J. Henri Fabre
Word Origin for exhume
early 15c., from Medieval Latin exhumationem (nominative exhumatio), noun of action from past participle stem of exhumare (see exhume).
early 15c., from Medieval Latin exhumare "to unearth" (13c.), from Latin ex- "out of" (see ex-) + humare "bury," from humus "earth" (see chthonic). An alternative form was exhumate (1540s), taken directly from Medieval Latin. Related: Exhumed; exhuming.