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


Definition of mummy (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly British spelling of

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The threshold of the future will be swept free of mummies! Globe Staff,, "Brave new worlds, on view at the Mead Art Museum," 14 June 2019 Playing with that severe hammie injury, his left leg taped up like a mummy and shot up to lessen the pain, West scored 26 points in Game 6 and 42 (yes, 42) in Game 7. Scott Ostler,, "Jerry West knows how Klay Thompson feels," 5 June 2019 The losses include one of the oldest archaeological collections in Latin America, with Greek artifacts, mummies from Egypt and the Atacama Desert, and thousands of pieces of native indigenous art. Diogo Costa And Leandro Narloch, WSJ, "Dereliction and Destruction," 5 Sep. 2018 Sacred to Bastet Today, dozens of intact mummies of any species are a relatively rare find for archaeologists, but mummifying cats and other animals was a common practice in Egypt for thousands of years. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Cats, beetles, other mummified animals found—along with a sealed door," 12 Nov. 2018 However, some archaeologists believe the mummy of Nefertiti, fabled for her beauty, has already been found in a different tomb. James Rogers, Fox News, "King Tut mystery solved: No 'hidden chamber' in famous tomb, experts say," 7 May 2018 But many items do remain in Egypt, including the mummy of the 19-year-old ruler, the quartzite sarcophagus with granite lid, the gilded wooden outer coffin and a series of wall paintings. Jessica Gelt,, "King Tut gets a remodel: How conservators are trying to protect the tomb from tourists," 28 Mar. 2018 This is what occurred in the case of the repatriated mummy. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "After More Than 90 Years, Looted Mummy Parts Repatriated to Egypt," 9 Jan. 2018 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

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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 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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