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

Examples of mummy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The other mummy was adorned with gilded decorations depicting Osiris. Fox News, "Archaeologists in Egypt uncover 2,000-year-old mummy with gold tongue," 5 Feb. 2021 The mummy was transported to Paris for restoration and he was issued a valid Egyptian passport. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Story about Pharaoh's passport after death is true, but image of it is fake," 31 Jan. 2021 Advanced imaging techniques help researchers examine ancient remains, such as the 3,000-year-old mummy of an Egyptian scribe, without damaging them. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, "From Rapping Robots to Glowing Frogs: Our Favorite Fun Stories of 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 The First Nation agreed to display the mummy at the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Center in Whitehorse, where she has been cleaned, conserved, and studied. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Yukon gold miner unearths a mummified Ice Age wolf pup," 22 Dec. 2020 In January, scientists recreated the voice of an ancient, 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy using 3D printing, medical scanners and an electronic larynx, a study said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "The coronavirus vaccine wasn't the only amazing discovery: A look at all the ways science thrived in 2020," 22 Dec. 2020 In 2012, for example, Dávalos used shotgun proteomics —a type of protein analysis common in cancer medicine—to help Corthals identify a previously unsequenced mycobacterium in a 500-year-old Andean Inca mummy. Eleanor Cummins, Science, "Bats, museums, and viruses collide in this scientific love story," 4 Dec. 2020 Thanks to a bit of help from a particle accelerator, scientists have discovered an unusual amulet interred with a 2000-year-old mummy. Colin Barras, Science | AAAS, "Atom smasher unearths surprises hidden with 2000-year-old mummy," 24 Nov. 2020 After Dike scores, his celebrations are goofy and light-hearted — dancing with his tongue out, holding a hand up to his ear, impersonating a mummy after scoring while his head was wrapped up in bandages due to an injury. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando City rookie Daryl Dike defies expectations, earns starting role," 19 Nov. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mummy. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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