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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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 In court, Guerrero's lawyers invoked the story of three Inca mummies -- the Children of Llullaillaco -- discovered by mountaineers in 1999. Henry Young, CNN, "Paolo Guerrero's shattered World Cup dream prompts calls for anti-doping reform," 22 May 2018 Now, some 500 years after they were killed, the Llullaillaco mummies have become unexpected but important figures in a Peruvian soccer player’s efforts to play in the 2018 World Cup. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "How Inca Mummies Helped a Soccer Player Who Was Banned from the World Cup," 29 June 2018 The Llullaillaco mummies are hailed as some of the best preserved in the world. National Geographic, "How Ancient Mummies Helped This Soccer Player Get to the World Cup," 26 June 2018 The mummy was discovered in an undisturbed funeral chamber within an ancient sanctuary at Pachacamac. James Rogers, Fox News, "Exceptionally rare 1,000-year-old mummy found in Peru," 29 May 2018 The mummies of Aleut whalers have been found in its caves. Mike Coppock, USA TODAY, "Aleutian run: Island-hopping on an Alaskan ferry," 17 Apr. 2018 Most sarcophagi are found already opened, their contents taken away and the bones of the mummies sometimes found scattered by looters. Owen Jarus, Scientific American, "Discovery of Massive Granite Sarcophagus Presents Mystery of Who Is Inside," 12 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

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

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