verb (used with object), mum·mi·fied, mum·mi·fy·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), mum·mi·fied, mum·mi·fy·ing.
to dry or shrivel up.
Origin of mummify
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verb -fies, -fying or -fied
(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(tr) to preserve (an outdated idea, institution, etc) while making lifeless
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