Definition of mummify in English:

mummify

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 (especially in ancient Egypt) preserve (a body) by embalming it and wrapping it in cloth.

    ‘the mummified bodies entombed in the pyramids of Egypt’
    See also mummy
    • ‘Could the solution be that these ancient Britons had been mummified?’
    • ‘There was however great inequality in preparation for eternal life. The Pharaohs and other royals, nobles and key officials were mummified and accompanied by grave goods and great treasure.’
    • ‘The body of the dead cat would be taken to the city of Bubastis, home of the goddess Bastet, where it would be mummified and buried in a cat cemetery.’
    • ‘More than 2,000 years ago, a roll of papyrus with extensive writings was enshrouded with a body that was mummified for preservation.’
    • ‘He said the vast majority of these animals were mummified because of their link with ancient Egyptian gods.’
    • ‘The Site of Apis is famous for the sacred animal of god Ptah, the Apis bull that was mummified here prior to its being buried.’
    • ‘Although the tomb dates from 1330 B.C., the researchers believe the lion was probably mummified and buried during a later Egyptian dynasty in the final centuries before Christ.’
    • ‘The pharaohs were mummified using plants, herbs, spices, and minerals.’
    • ‘The completely wrapped mummified infant under investigation was detected in the upper level of the tomb chamber.’
    • ‘The Egytpians mummified their dead because they believed a person needed a preserved body in order to survive in the afterlife.’
    • ‘He, therefore, knew very well that his body would be mummified like those of his predecessors whose royal relics he had looked after.’
    • ‘In ancient Egypt, cats and dogs were mummified because they were believed to have an afterlife, and Egyptian Gods had animal heads.’
    • ‘Followers of the goddess Bast, the goddess of pleasure, created sanctuaries with bronze statues of cats and mummified hundreds of thousands of cats.’
    • ‘This explains why the Egyptians mummified the dead: so that the ka, on its return, would find the body not decomposed.’
    • ‘A highly effective desiccator, this mineral - in the form of a paste called natron - was one of the ingredients used by ancient Egyptians to mummify their queens and kings.’
    • ‘In ancient Egypt, people were mummified in order to help them attain eternal life.’
    • ‘The ancient Egyptians mummified more than just human corpses.’
    • ‘They were often mummified - and, sometimes, mice were also entombed with the cats, to keep them well-fed on their metaphorical journey to the next world.’
    preserve, mummify, lay out, anoint
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    1. 1.1Shrivel or dry up (a body or a thing), thus preserving it.
      ‘the wind must have dehydrated and mummified the body’
      • ‘I found Fiedler's body first - the pilot no longer looked drowned, but rather mummified, desiccated, as if by a hundred years of desert winds.’
      • ‘This fungus causes fruit to shrivel and mummify.’
      • ‘Different shades of dark gray are also shown by mummified plant and animal fragments and by dehydrated components of microbiota.’
      • ‘But even more puzzling still, he wondered why the body wasn't mummified.’
      • ‘Their bones are common in the La Brea tar pits of Los Angeles, and mummified remains have been found in Alaska and Siberia.’
      • ‘Three years later a partially mummified corpse was found in the grounds of a clinic in Chapel Allerton, Leeds.’
      • ‘It is possible that mummified black rats - also known as roof rats - found in attics were not placed there for protection, but merely died there and became naturally desiccated.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Eventually their bodies were mummified, preserved, and fossilized as the caves filled with sediments.’
      • ‘When a Sapa Inca died his body was mummified and thereafter became the focus of a cult.’
      • ‘Yet here they too were mummified by natural means, as corrosive body fluids drained away into the same hot dry sand which desiccated and preserved their skin, hair and nails.’
      • ‘The Napartulik fossils are mummified (compressed and desiccated) plant remains that were buried in a freshwater, low-oxygen environment that limited decay.’
      • ‘Then he died in a rocky basin, where his frozen, naturally mummified body was discovered in 1991.’
      • ‘The catacombs date back to the 1599 when the local priests mummified a holy monk for all to see.’

Pronunciation:

mummify

/ˈməməˌfī/