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mummy

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[ muhm-ee ]
/ ˈmʌm i /
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noun, plural mum·mies.
the dead body of a human being or animal, treated with natural or chemical desiccants and preservatives as part of preparation for burial, as notably practiced in ancient Egyptian and South American cultures: The Egyptian mummies on display, characteristically wrapped in multiple layers of linen, are more than 3,500 years old.
a dead body dried and preserved by nature.
a withered or shrunken living being: When this mummy of a guy walked in, we were not expecting him to say that he’s our new fitness coach!
a dry, shriveled fruit, tuber, or other plant organ, resulting from any of several fungal diseases.
verb (used with object), mum·mied, mum·my·ing.
Archaic. to make into or cause to resemble a mummy; mummify.
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Origin of mummy

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English mummie, from Medieval Latin mummia, from Arabic mūmiyah “mummy,” literally, “bitumen,” from Persian mūm “wax”

OTHER WORDS FROM mummy

un·mum·mied, adjective

Other definitions for mummy (2 of 2)

mummy2
[ muhm-ee ]
/ ˈmʌm i /

noun, plural mum·mies.Chiefly British Informal.

Origin of mummy

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First recorded in 1815–25; mum4 + -y2
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British Dictionary definitions for mummy (1 of 2)

mummy1
/ (ˈmʌmɪ) /

noun plural -mies
an embalmed or preserved body, esp as prepared for burial in ancient Egypt
obsolete the substance of such a body used medicinally
a mass of pulp
a dark brown pigment

Word Origin for mummy

C14: from Old French momie, from Medieval Latin mumia, from Arabic mūmiyah asphalt, from Persian mūm wax

British Dictionary definitions for mummy (2 of 2)

mummy2
/ (ˈmʌmɪ) /

noun plural -mies
mainly British a child's word for mother 1

Word Origin for mummy

C19: variant of mum 1
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