noun (plural mummies)
- The Tutankhamun CT scan project was only the first step in a five-year endeavor to scan and preserve the ancient mummies of Egypt, many of which are crumbling.
- Such jars were used in ancient Egyptian burials to store the internal organs of mummies but the jar is the only example in the Harrogate collection to contain a residue.
- From ancient Egyptian mummies to Iron Age bog bodies found in northern Europe, human remains reveal much about past cultures.
late Middle English (denoting a substance taken from embalmed bodies and used in medicines): from French momie, from medieval Latin mumia and Arabic mūmiyā 'embalmed body', perhaps from Persian mūm 'wax'.
noun (plural mummies)British informal
- We asked them to draw a picture of their mummy for a Mother's Day card.
- ‘I loved being a mummy but that has been taken away from me,’ she said.
- May your mummy still love you when you dye your hair green.
late 18th century: perhaps an alteration of earlier mammy.