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mummify Line breaks: mum|mify
Pronunciation: /ˈmʌmɪfʌɪ/

Definition of mummify in English:

verb (mummifies, mummifying mummified)

[with object] (usually as adjective mummified)
1(Especially in ancient Egypt) preserve (a body) by embalming and wrapping it in cloth: the mummified bodies entombed in the pyramids
More example sentences
  • In ancient Egypt, people were mummified in order to help them attain eternal life.
  • This explains why the Egyptians mummified the dead: so that the ka, on its return, would find the body not decomposed.
  • More than 2,000 years ago, a roll of papyrus with extensive writings was enshrouded with a body that was mummified for preservation.
1.1Dry up (a body) and so preserve it: the bodies of prehistoric men, mummified by the effect of the acid in the bog water
More example sentences
  • The shoe specialist has been studying the shoes found on the feet of a prehistoric iceman whose mummified body was found in an Alpine glacier in 1991.
  • The Napartulik fossils are mummified (compressed and desiccated) plant remains that were buried in a freshwater, low-oxygen environment that limited decay.
  • This fungus causes fruit to shrivel and mummify.



Pronunciation: /mʌmɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • The remains of Pleistocene mammals in Alaska and Siberia have been discovered in permafrost, which resulted in the body tissue being preserved through desiccation-induced mummification.
  • The team has concluded - based on the identification of at least five different types of embalming material - that great care was taken in the mummification of this king.
  • He also found that date palm wine was used in the sterilisation of the body and organs during mummification and aromatic spices were used in the embalming.

Words that rhyme with mummify

magnify • damnify

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