mummy

noun
mum·​my | \ ˈmə-mē How to pronounce mummy (audio) \
plural mummies

Definition of mummy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

mummy

Definition of mummy (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly British spelling of

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Most Peruvian mummies come bundled in cloth, with their legs folded up to their chests and their arms around their knees. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Mummy of paraplegic child shows how Peru’s Nasca culture treated disability," 25 Sep. 2018 In January, another team recovered the virus’s DNA from a 450-year-old mummy from Italy. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "In Ancient Skeletons, Scientists Discover a Modern Foe: Hepatitis B," 9 May 2018 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 Though researchers have correctly identified the mummy, its true story may still remain a mystery. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "This Ancient Mummified Bird Is Actually a Mummified Baby," 2 June 2018 The world's oldest known cases of breast cancer and multiple myeloma have been discovered in the remains of mummies in the pharaonic necropolis of Qubbet el-Hawa in the Egyptian city of Aswan. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, "Healing process after breast cancer surgery may trigger cancer spread, study says," 11 Apr. 2018 The mummy, named Nesperennub, was virtually unwrapped using cutting-edge CT scanning technology and visualization techniques. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Complete History of the Autopsy," 26 Dec. 2018 Most of those once-common mummies were lost to rampant looting across the centuries, which peaked between the 1700s and early 1900s. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Cats, beetles, other mummified animals found—along with a sealed door," 12 Nov. 2018 In the same wing, visitors could see the Bendegó meteorite, the largest ever found in Brazil, which has been on show since 1888, as well as an Andean mummy. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Brazil Mourns Loss of Rio de Janeiro's National Museum After Devastating Fire," 4 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of mummy

Noun

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for mummy

Noun

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

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mummy

noun
mum·​my | \ ˈmə-mē How to pronounce mummy (audio) \
plural mummies

Kids Definition of mummy

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

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