mummify

verb
mum·​mi·​fy | \ ˈmə-mi-ˌfī \
mummified; mummifying

Definition of mummify

transitive verb

1 : to embalm and dry as or as if a mummy
2a : to make into or like a mummy
b : to cause to dry up and shrivel

intransitive verb

: to dry up and shrivel like a mummy

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Other Words from mummify

mummification \ ˌmə-​mi-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən \ noun

Examples of mummify in a Sentence

learning how ancient Egyptians mummified their dead a body that mummified in the desert heat a body that was mummified by the desert heat
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In 2009, however, CT scans revealed that Ötzi’s stomach had been pushed upwards as his body mummified. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Before He Died, Ötzi the Iceman Ate a Greasy, Fatty Meal," 13 July 2018 The skin near the back was also mummified and embedded with five vertebrae pieces. New York Times, "The Baby’s Hand Was Mummified. Why Wasn’t the Rest of Its Body?," 18 May 2018 His body was taken to Cairo, mummified and remained there for years before being brought to Iran. Fox News, "Mysterious mummy found in Iran could be father of last shah," 25 Apr. 2018 The baby was stillborn at 23 to 28 weeks of gestation, and raises questions about the cultural practices of ancient Egypt: was the stillborn mummified because fetuses were believed to be powerful talismans? Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "This Ancient Mummified Bird Is Actually a Mummified Baby," 2 June 2018 Researchers weren’t sure if the lung had been embalmed somehow or naturally mummified. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "How a Copper Coin Mummified a Baby’s Hand," 26 May 2018 Thousands of years after his death, a group of hikers found the victim’s mummified body emerging from a melting glacier. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ötzi the Iceman spent his last days trying to repair his tools," 22 June 2018 Why was the hand mummified, but not the rest of the body? Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "How a Copper Coin Mummified a Baby’s Hand," 26 May 2018 His body was taken to Cairo, mummified and remained there for years before being brought to Iran. Fox News, "Mysterious mummy found in Iran could be father of last shah," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of mummify

1628, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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mummify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mummify

: to preserve (a dead body) by treating it with oils and wrapping it in strips of cloth
: to become very dry and wrinkled

mummify

verb
mum·​mi·​fy | \ ˈməm-i-ˌfī \
mummified; mummifying

Medical Definition of mummify

transitive verb

1 : to embalm and dry as or as if a mummy
2a : to make into or like a mummy
b : to cause to dry up and shrivel

intransitive verb

: to dry up and shrivel like a mummy a mummified fetus

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