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Pronunciation: /ˈmʌmi
 
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noun (plural mummies)

(Especially in ancient Egypt) a body of a human being or animal that has been ceremonially preserved by removal of the internal organs, treatment with natron and resin, and wrapping in bandages: the mummy of Tutankhamen
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  • 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.

Origin

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'.

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Pronunciation: /ˈmʌmi
 
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noun (plural mummies)

British informal
One’s mother: he loves his mummy [as name]: here’s Mummy
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  • 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.

Origin

late 18th century: perhaps an alteration of earlier mammy.

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