exhume

[ ig-zoom, -zyoom, eks-hyoom ]
/ ɪgˈzum, -ˈzyum, ɛksˈhyum /

verb (used with object), ex·humed, ex·hum·ing.

to dig (something buried, especially a dead body) out of the earth; disinter.
to revive or restore after neglect or a period of forgetting; bring to light: to exhume a literary reputation; to exhume old letters.

Origin of exhume

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin exhumāre, equivalent to Latin ex- ex-1 + humāre to inter
Related formsex·hu·ma·tion [eks-hyoo-mey-shuh n] /ˌɛks hyʊˈmeɪ ʃən/, nounex·hum·er, nounun·ex·humed, adjective
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exhume

/ (ɛksˈhjuːm) /

verb (tr)

to dig up (something buried, esp a corpse); disinter
to reveal; disclose; unearthdon't exhume that old argument
Derived Formsexhumation (ˌɛkshjʊˈmeɪʃən), nounexhumer, noun

Word Origin for exhume

C18: from Medieval Latin exhumāre, from Latin ex- 1 + humāre to bury, from humus the ground
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