mummify

verb
mum·​mi·​fy | \ ˈmə-mi-ˌfī How to pronounce mummify (audio) \
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 How to pronounce mummification (audio) \ 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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Elsewhere, King Stephen’s mummified right hand (it was found uncorrupted after his death and is regarded as a holy relic) was being readied to go on parade in its jeweled reliquary. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019 The mummy, which has been dated to around 3700 to 3500 BC, was thought to have been naturally mummified by Egypt’s hot, dry desert sand. James Rogers, Fox News, "Egyptian mummy reveals incredible embalming 'recipe'," 16 Aug. 2018 Morales said the bodies were essentially mummified, cooked by the extreme heat. Sonia Perez D., chicagotribune.com, "Grim task as forensic experts ID Guatemala volcano victims; death toll hits 110," 8 June 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce mummify (audio) \
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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