Definition of mummify in English:


Line breaks: mum|mify
Pronunciation: /ˈmʌmɪfʌɪ

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: /-fɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
More 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.

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