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 mummify (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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Recent Examples on the Web It was partially mummified, and wrapped in plastic. Rachel Monroe, The Atlantic, 20 Mar. 2020 Tumbleweed piles measuring 20 to 30 feet high shut down state highway SR 240 for 10 hours as the Department of Transportation and police force struggled to resurrect cars mummified in the mess. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, 13 Jan. 2020 In fall rake up leaves and rotting or mummified fruit. oregonlive, 11 Feb. 2020 Tumbleweed piles measuring 20 to 30 feet high shut down state highway SR 240 for 10 hours as the Department of Transportation and police force struggled to resurrect cars mummified in the mess. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, 13 Jan. 2020 Tumbleweed piles measuring 20 to 30 feet high shut down state highway SR 240 for 10 hours as the Department of Transportation and police force struggled to resurrect cars mummified in the mess. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, 13 Jan. 2020 Tumbleweed piles measuring 20 to 30 feet high shut down state highway SR 240 for 10 hours as the Department of Transportation and police force struggled to resurrect cars mummified in the mess. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, 13 Jan. 2020 Knowledge becomes a mummifying force, formalizing expectations into defeatism. Zoë Hu, The New Republic, 27 Jan. 2020 Nesyamun was mummified and entombed in a coffin inscribed with hieroglyphs, mainly texts from the Book of the Dead. Ben Guarino, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of mummify

1628, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Mummify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mummify. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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