To mummify is to make a mummy — to prepare a dead body for preservation after burial. Ancient Egyptians would often mummify bodies by wrapping them in cloth. Don't try that at home!

Many cultures have had a tradition of mummification — in other words, they would mummify their dead, often to insure a happy afterlife, by removing the internal organs, treating the body with minerals and oils, and wrapping it. Sometimes burial conditions, like a very dry location, have served to accidentally mummify a body. Mummify adds the verb-forming suffix fy to mummy, rooted in the Arabic mumiyah.

Definitions of mummify

v remove the organs and dry out (a dead body) in order to preserve it

“Th Egyptians mummified their pharaohs”
dry up
dry up and shrivel due to complete loss of moisture
Type of:
preserve a dead body

v preserve while making lifeless

“mummifi ed ideas and institutions should be gotten rid of”
Type of:
bear on, carry on, continue, preserve, uphold
keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last

v dry up and shrivel due to complete loss of moisture

“a mummified body was found”
dry up
Type of:
shrink, shrivel, shrivel up, wither
wither, as with a loss of moisture

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