- 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.
- to dry or shrivel up.
Origin of mummify
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Examples from the Web for mummification
Professor Garstang did not recognize that mummification had been attempted.The Evolution of the Dragon
G. Elliot Smith
Mummification was, as has been said, probably an invention of the Osirian cult.Myths and Legends of Ancient Egypt
His skin was dark though its color might have been affected by mummification.The Record of Currupira
The custom of mummification arose in Egypt, and promoted the study of anatomy.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
A sort of mummification prevailed amongst the Maories until Christianity had gained ground amongst them.
- (tr) to preserve the body of (a human or animal) as a mummy
- (intr) to dry up; shrivel
- (tr) to preserve (an outdated idea, institution, etc) while making lifeless
Word Origin and History for mummification
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The shrivelling of a dead and retained fetus.
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