mummify

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mummify dry up and shrivel due to complete loss of moisture "a mummified body was found"
    • v mummify remove the organs and dry out (a dead body) in order to preserve it "Th Egyptians mummified their pharaohs"
    • v mummify preserve while making lifeless "mummified ideas and institutions should be gotten rid of"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1888, an Egyptian peasant discovered an estimated three hundred thousand mummified cats in Beni Hassan, Egypt. Of the cats that were not stolen once, the find was made public, the remaining mummified cats were shipped to Great Britain to be used as agricultural fertilizer
    • v. t Mummify To embalm and dry as a mummy; to make into, or like, a mummy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The mummified hand of a notary public, chopped off for falsely certifying a document, has been on display in the city hall of Munster, Germany, as a warning to other notaries for 400 years.
    • mummify To make into a mummy; embalm and dry as a mummy; hence, to dry, or to preserve by drying.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Mummify to make into a mummy: to embalm and dry as a mummy:—pr.p. mumm′ifying; pa.p. mumm′ified
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Quotations

  • Sir P(elham) G(renville) Wodehouse
    Sir P(elham) G(renville) Wodehouse
    “Marriage isn't a process of prolonging the life of love, but of mummifying the corpse.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Mummy, + -fy,: cf. F. momifier,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. mumie—It. mummia—Ar. and Pers. múmáyin, a mummy—Pers. móm, wax.

Usage

In literature:

It was a mummified society.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
They are there, it is true; but they seem mummified.
"Story of My Life" by Helen Keller
Jules Janin mummified her when she died in 1866, at the age of eighty.
"Over the Teacups" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
He held out his hand, the left one, and she took it in a mummified claw.
"Children of the Whirlwind" by Leroy Scott
South Americans mummified their dead, and cremation was not unknown.
"Myths And Legends Of Our Own Land, Complete" by Charles M. Skinner
Their mummifying process is a result of this tendency.
"Passages From the English Notebooks, Volume 1" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
After death it was mummified and buried in a rock-tomb.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
Some were quite new, while others had completely mummified in the dry air of these interior plains.
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White
It is dried, mummified, dead I know not how long.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
In course of time it became almost completely mummified and as light as if it were made of paper.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)" by Sir James George Frazer
Buckingham turned fiercely upon them; but their faces were instantly mummified.
"Mistress Nell" by George C. Hazelton, Jr.
A few feet from the tank a mummified body lay sprawled out, mouth open.
"Second Variety" by Philip Kindred Dick
It can be determined from the scrolls buried with the mummified dead and from the inscriptions on the tombs and memorial statues of that age.
"Essays Upon Some Controverted Questions" by Thomas H. Huxley
You know the climate has a way, once it gets a hold, of sapping up the energy and mummifying a fellow before his time.
"Caravans By Night" by Harry Hervey
Wednesday night was a long nightmare of suffering, and by Thursday morning I must have presented an almost mummified appearance.
"My Own Story" by Emmeline Pankhurst
It is often claimed that phosphorus eaten by rats or mice dries up or mummifies the body so that no odor results.
"House Rats and Mice" by David E. Lantz
Two child burials were found, one partially mummified, the other skeletal only.
"Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado" by Anonymous
Encyclopedia Brittanica on mummifies, 64.
"Psychotherapy" by James J. Walsh
She drew up her mummified face within two inches of the girl's own.
"Hope Hathaway" by Frances Parker
Three or four centuries ago the mummified form of a real alligator hung there.
"Southern Spain" by A.F. Calvert
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In poetry:

Then old Mother Brown got the horrors around her:
(I think it was pineapple-rum drove her daft)
She cleared out one night, and the next morning they
found her, A mummified mass, in a forty foot shaft.
"How Polly Paid For Her Keep" by Barcroft Henry Boake

In news:

Before her encounter with mummified alpacas , however, Wheeler had no inkling that living alpacas would become such a fundamental part of her life.
A man is Russia was caught with 29 mummified women that he kept as life size dolls.
Russian man kept 29 mummified bodies.
Russian Man Dug Up Mummified Bodies To Keep In Apartment.
Yvette Vickers Found Mummified .
Caughman found what she thinks may be part of a mummified foot from a Bigfoot on her land JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World.
From left, Dr Mahmood Khalid, chief of radiology, Dr Shivajee Nallamothu of Clarkston, and Michael Stafford check out a mummified bird.
A mummified dog, estimated to be 1,000 years old, was discovered in Mexico's Candelaria Cave with human bodies and relics.
0Authorities are investigating the death of a man whose "mummified" remains were found near Brownsville's Veterans International Bridge.
The mummified toddler seized from antiquities traffickers is at least 700 years old and sits about a foot tall, according to authorities.
An undated photo released by Peru's Ministry of Culture shows a mummified toddler.
LIMA, Peru — A mummified toddler seized from antiquities traffickers is at least 700 years old and sits about a foot tall.
LIMA, Peru — The mummified toddler seized from antiquities traffickers is at least 700 years old and sits, spine curved forward, only about a foot tall.
The mummified toddler seized from antiquities traffickers is at least 700 years old and sits, spine curved forward, only about a foot tall.
0Authorities are investigating the death of a man whose "mummified" remains were found near Brownsville's Veterans International Bridge .
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