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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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 His body was taken to Cairo, mummified and remained there for years before being brought to Iran. Washington Post, "Mysterious mummy found in Iran could be father of last shah," 24 Apr. 2018 His body was taken to Cairo, mummified and held for years before returning to Iran. Jon Gambrell, chicagotribune.com, "Mummified body found in Iran could be father of last shah," 24 Apr. 2018 The looters tossed a headless, limbless mummified torso into a corner before attempting to set the room on fire to cover their tracks. New York Times, "The F.B.I. and the Mystery of the Mummy’s Head," 2 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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