Definition of Mummy

1. Noun. Informal terms for a mother.

Exact synonyms: Ma, Mama, Mamma, Mammy, Mom, Momma, Mommy, Mum
Generic synonyms: Female Parent, Mother

2. Noun. A body embalmed and dried and wrapped for burial (as in ancient Egypt).
Generic synonyms: Body, Dead Body
Derivative terms: Mummify, Mummify

Definition of Mummy

1. n. A dead body embalmed and dried after the manner of the ancient Egyptians; also, a body preserved, by any means, in a dry state, from the process of putrefaction.

2. v. t. To embalm; to mummify.

Definition of Mummy

1. Proper noun. One's mother ¹

2. Noun. (uncountable medicine historical) A substance used in medicine, prepared from mummified flesh. ¹

3. Noun. (archaic) A pulp. ¹

4. Noun. An embalmed corpse wrapped in linen bandages for burial, especially as practised by the ancient Egyptians. ¹

5. Noun. Any naturally preserved human or animal body. ¹

6. Verb. (dated transitive) To mummify. ¹

7. Noun. (chiefly UK usually childish) A child's term for '''mother'''. ¹

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Definition of Mummy

1. to mummify [v -MIED, -MYING, -MIES] - See also: mummify

Medical Definition of Mummy

1. Origin: F. Momie; cf. Sp. & Pg. Momia, It. Mummia; all fr. Per. Mmiya, fr. Mm wax. 1. A dead body embalmed and dried after the manner of the ancient Egyptians; also, a body preserved, by any means, in a dry state, from the process of putrefaction. 2. Dried flesh of a mummy. 3. A gummy liquor that exudes from embalmed flesh when heated; formerly supposed to have magical and medicinal properties. 4. A brown colour obtained from bitumen. See Mummy brown (below). 5. A sort of wax used in grafting, etc. 6. One whose affections and energies are withered. Mummy brown, a brown colour, nearly intermediate in tint between burnt umber and raw umber. A pigment of this colour is prepared from bitumen, etc, obtained from Egyptian tombs. Mummy wheat, wheat found in the ancient mummy cases of Egypt. No botanist now believes that genuine mummy wheat has been made to germinate in modern times. To beat to a mummy, to beat to a senseless mass; to beat soundly. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mummy

mummification necrosis
mummified pulp
mummy's boy

Literary usage of Mummy

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A History of Egypt by Sir John Pentland Mahaffy, Joseph Grafton Milne, Stanley Lane-Poole, William Matthew Flinders Petrie (1896)
"... II. mummy and lid mummy and coffin mummy and coffin XX. ... mummy mummy and 2 coffins mummy and coffin mummy mummy and coffin mummy and 2 coffins mummy ..."

2. London and Its Environs: Handbook for Travellers by Karl Baedeker (Firm), Karl Baedeker (1911)
"Mummy of a priest, with elaborate gilded ornamentation (ca. BC 200,). — Case JJD. 6704. ... Mummy of a musician, with the cymbals found lying upon the body. ..."

3. Archaeologia, Or, Miscellaneous Tracts Relating to Antiquity by Society of Antiquaries of London (1846)
"SOME time since you will remember that you were looking at the accompanying drawings, taken from the cases of a mummy which I opened in company with Mr. ..."

4. A popular account of the ancient Egyptians by John Gardner Wilkinson (1854)
"The closet and the mummy were placed on a sle'dge, in order to facilitate their movement from one place to another; and the latter was drawn with ropes to ..."

5. Punch by Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, Owen Seaman (1898)
"After the great fight in the French Mummy, MY Mummy ! !—The mummy of an Ibis was recently Chamber of Deputies the combatants were removed to the Salon ..."

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