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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To remove from a grave; disinter.
  • transitive v. To bring to light, especially after a period of obscurity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To dig out of the ground; to take out of a place of burial; to disinter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To dig out of the ground; to take out of a place of burial; to disinter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To dig out of the earth, as something, especially a dead body, which has been buried; disinter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. dig up for reburial or for medical investigation; of dead bodies

Etymologies

French exhumer, from Medieval Latin exhumāre : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin humus, ground; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin ex and humāre ("to bury") (Wiktionary)

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