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  • n. The act of digging up that which has been buried.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of exhuming that which has been buried.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of exhuming or disinterring that which has been buried: as, the exhumation of a dead body.

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

  • n. the act of digging something out of the ground (especially a corpse) where it has been buried


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