from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To make into a mummy by embalming and drying.
  • intransitive verb To cause to shrivel and dry up.
  • intransitive verb To shrivel or dry up like a mummy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make into a mummy; embalm and dry as a mummy; hence, to dry, or to preserve by drying.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To embalm and dry as a mummy; to make into, or like, a mummy.
  • intransitive verb To turn into a mummy-like corpse; to dry up with unusually little decomposition; -- said of dead animals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To make into a mummy, by preserving a dead body.
  • verb intransitive To become a mummy.

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

  • verb dry up and shrivel due to complete loss of moisture
  • verb remove the organs and dry out (a dead body) in order to preserve it
  • verb preserve while making lifeless


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  • 1628 G. WITHER Britain's Remembrancer 44, I could bide Shut up untill my Flesh were Mummy-fi'd.

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