mum·​my | \ˈmə-mē \
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


Definition of mummy (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly British spelling of

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University of York archaeologist Stephen Buckley and his colleagues identified embalming compounds in organic residues from the mummy’s linen wrappings. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient Egyptians had been making mummies longer than anyone thought," 16 Aug. 2018 People around the world were concerned that opening the tomb would set off an ancient mummy curse, but things are fine ... for now. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Ajit Pai doesn’t want to play Monopoly this time," 21 July 2018 And because the internet is the home for forbidden snackers of all types, some people wanted to drink that sweet, sweet mummy broth. Shoshana Wodinsky, The Verge, "The black mystery sarcophagus was opened, and now people want to drink its ‘bone juice’," 20 July 2018 The Mummy, The Blair Witch Project, and The Sixth Sense all premiered that year, providing major wins for mummies, witches, and ghosts, respectively. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Ghosts, witches, zombies: which supernatural creature makes the most money at the box office?," 31 Oct. 2018 Marsha Taub-Edmunds and Ed Edmunds, owners of Distortions Unlimited in Colorado, make the scariest mummies, ghouls, and zombies that their minds can dream up. A.c. Shilton, Popular Mechanics, "This DIY Halloween Monster Is a Perfect Project That's Good To Make With Kids Too," 22 Oct. 2018 Down the 30-meter-deep shaft lie several mummies, wooden coffins and sarcophagi. Fox News, "Archaeologists in Egypt discover ancient mummification workshop," 2 Oct. 2018 Experts hope that the bones will shed new light on the mummy, revealing details about disease and the person’s lifestyle. James Rogers, Fox News, "Amazing mummy discovery: 2,500-year-old Egyptian coffin was thought to be empty," 27 Mar. 2018 The bacteria has been found in Egyptian mummies from about 3400 B.C., according to an April 2017 bulletin from Dr. Bruce Chandler, the resident tuberculosis expert for the city of Anchorage. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Meet the city health worker who tracks down tuberculosis patients in Anchorage," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of mummy


1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for mummy


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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mum·​my | \ˈmə-mē \
plural mummies

Kids Definition of mummy

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

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