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mummy

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noun mum·my \ˈmə-mē\

Definition of mummy

plural mummies

  1. 1 a :  a body embalmed or treated for burial with preservatives in the manner of the ancient Egyptians b :  a body unusually well preserved

  2. 2 :  one resembling a mummy



Origin of mummy

Middle English mummie powdered parts of a mummified body used as a drug, from Anglo-French mumie, from Medieval Latin mumia mummy, powdered mummy, from Arabic mūmiya bitumen, mummy, from Persian mūm wax


First Known Use: 1615


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mummy

mum·my

Definition of mummy

  1. chiefly British variant of mommy




MUMMY Defined for Kids

mummy

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noun mum·my \ˈmə-mē\

Definition of mummy

plural mummies

  1. :  a dead body preserved for burial in the manner of the ancient Egyptians





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