Definitions

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

  • n. The dead body of a human or animal that has been embalmed and prepared for burial, as according to the practices of the ancient Egyptians.
  • n. A withered, shrunken, or well-preserved body that resembles an embalmed body.
  • n. Informal Mother.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An embalmed corpse wrapped in linen bandages for burial, especially as practised by the ancient Egyptians.
  • n. Any naturally preserved human or animal body.
  • n. A substance used in medicine, prepared from mummified flesh.
  • n. A pulp.
  • v. To mummify.
  • n. A child's term for mother.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dead body embalmed and dried after the manner of the ancient Egyptians; also, a body preserved, by any means, in a dry state, from the process of putrefaction.
  • n. Dried flesh of a mummy.
  • n. A gummy liquor that exudes from embalmed flesh when heated; -- formerly supposed to have magical and medicinal properties.
  • n. A brown color obtained from bitumen. See Mummy brown (below).
  • n. A sort of wax used in grafting, etc.
  • n. One whose affections and energies are withered.
  • transitive v. To embalm; to mummify.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To embalm; mummify.
  • n. A dead human body embalmed and dried after the manner of the ancient Egyptian preparation for burial.
  • n. The substance of a mummy; a medicinal preparation supposed to consist of the substance of mummies or of dead bodies; hence, a medicinal liquor or gum in general. Also mummia. See first quotation under mummia.
  • n. In horticulture, a kind of wax used in grafting and planting trees.
  • n. A brown color prepared from the asphalt taken from Egyptian mummies, and used as an oil-color by artists.
  • n. A mummychog.

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

  • n. informal terms for a mother
  • n. a body embalmed and dried and wrapped for burial (as in ancient Egypt)

Etymologies

Middle English mummie, medicinal material from embalmed corpses, from Old French momie, from Medieval Latin mumia, from Arabic mūmīya, from mūm, wax, from Persian.
Alteration of mommy or mum3.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman mumie, from Middle French momie, from Medieval Latin mumia, from Arabic مومياء (mūmiyā'), from Persian مومیا (mumyā), from موم (mum, "wax"). (Wiktionary)
Diminutive of mum, related to mom and mommy, from mother. (Wiktionary)

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  • "Middle English mummie, medicinal material from embalmed corpses, from Old French momie, from Medieval Latin mumia, from Arabic mūmīya, from mūm, wax, from Persian."

    - American Heritage Dictionary

    July 20, 2010