mummify

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
1

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

“Th Egyptians mummified their pharaohs”
Synonyms:
dry up
dry up and shrivel due to complete loss of moisture
Type of:
embalm
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”
Synonyms:
dry up
Type of:
shrink, shrivel, shrivel up, wither
wither, as with a loss of moisture

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