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mummy

Definitions

  • Profile of Head Of a Mummy, (a Man) Thebes
    Profile of Head Of a Mummy, (a Man) Thebes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mummy a body embalmed and dried and wrapped for burial (as in ancient Egypt)
    • n mummy informal terms for a mother
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Head of the Mummy Of Metesouphis I Head of the Mummy Of Metesouphis I
Mummy, I would like to tell you a story Mummy, I would like to tell you a story
OH, MUMMY! ANYTHING BUT THAT! I'D RATHER HAVE A HARD SMACK--_ANYWHERE YOU LIKE_ OH, MUMMY! ANYTHING BUT THAT! I'D RATHER HAVE A HARD SMACK--_ANYWHERE YOU LIKE_
The Dinosaur Mummy. Detail of skin of under side of body The Dinosaur Mummy. Detail of skin of under side of body
Mummy, what's that man for Mummy, what's that man for

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mummy powder was once thought to be a cure for all remedies. English men used to carry the powder with them in a tiny bag wherever they went
    • Mummy A brown color obtained from bitumen. See Mummy brownbelow).
    • Mummy 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.
    • Mummy A gummy liquor that exudes from embalmed flesh when heated; -- formerly supposed to have magical and medicinal properties.
    • Mummy (Gardening) A sort of wax used in grafting, etc.
    • Mummy Dried flesh of a mummy.
    • Mummy One whose affections and energies are withered.
    • v. t Mummy To embalm; to mummify.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Ancient Egyptians used the spice Thyme to help preserve mummies
    • n mummy A dead human body embalmed and dried after the manner of the ancient Egyptian preparation for burial. An immense number of mummies are found in Egypt, consisting not only of human bodies, but of those of various animals, as bulls, apes, ibises, crocodiles, fish, etc. The processes of embalming bodies were very various. The bodies of the poorer classes were merely dried with salt or natron, and wrapped up in coarse cloths. Those of the rich and the great underwent the most complicated operations, and were laboriously adorned with various ornaments. The embalmers extracted the brain through the nostrils, and the entrails through an incision in the side. The body was then shaved and washed, the belly filled with perfumes, and the whole body covered with natron, and steeped in the same material for seventy days. After this The Corpse was washed, treated with balsam or other antiseptics, and then wrapped up in linen bandages, sometimes to the number of twenty thicknesses. The body was then put into an ornamented case of wood or cartonnage. Sometimes the cases were double. The term mummy is likewise used of human bodies preserved in other ways, either by artificial preparation or by accident. The Guanches, or ancient people of the Canaries, embalmed their dead in a simple but effectual manner. In some situations the conditions of the soil and atmosphere, by the rapidity with which they permit the drying of the animal tissues, are alone sufficient for the preservation of the body with the general characteristics of a mummy. This is the case in some parts of South America, especially at Arica (formerly in Peru), where considerable numbers of bodies have been found quite dry, in pits dug in a dry saline soil. In some places natural mummies are occasionally found in caverns or in crypts, as in a well-known church-crypt in Bordeaux, France. Natural mummies of various animals are often found in such state of preservation as to allow of scientific description of many of their parts.
    • n mummy 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 mummy In horticulture, a kind of wax used in grafting and planting trees.
    • n mummy A brown color prepared from the asphalt taken from Egyptian mummies, and used as an oil-color by artists. It resembles asphaltum in its general qualities, and has the advantage of being less liable to crack. It was supposed that the asphalt taken from the Egyptian mummies made the finest color. Ure, Dict., III. 361.
    • mummy To embalm; mummify.
    • n mummy A mummychog.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the late 19th century, millions of human mummies were used as fuel for locomotives in Egypt where wood and coal was scarce, but mummies were plentiful.
    • n Mummy mum′i a human body preserved by the Egyptian art of embalming, in which wax, spices, &c. were employed: a kind of wax used in grafting: a brown pigment:
    • v.t Mummy to embalm and dry as a mummy:—pr.p. mumm′ying; pa.p. mumm′ied
    • n Mummy mum′i (obs.) a medicinal gum
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Quotations

  • Gerald Kersh
    Gerald Kersh
    “Now, you mummy's darlings, get a rift on them boots. Definitely shine em, my little curly-headed lambs, for in our mob, war or no war, you die with clean boots on.”
  • Princess of Wales Diana
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    “What must it be like for a little boy to read that daddy never loved mummy?”

Idioms

Mummy's boy - A man who is still very dependent on his mother is a mummy's boy.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. momie,; cf. Sp. & Pg. momia, It. mummia,; all fr. Per. mūmiyā, fr. mūm, wax
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. mumie—It. mummia—Ar. and Pers. múmáyin, a mummy—Pers. móm, wax.

Usage

In literature:

M. Sucre is taciturn, dislikes society, looks like a mummy in his blue cotton dress.
"Madame Chrysantheme" by Pierre Loti
Been reading yourself into a mummy, haven't you?
"Paradise Garden" by George Gibbs
He tore from its tomb the mummy of the late king, Amasis, and subjected it to the grossest indignities.
"Ancient Egypt" by George Rawlinson
That letter I brought from Mummy was asking if she could bring them for tea.
"Far to Seek" by Maud Diver
They had made a mummy of him, of course.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
Some of these mummies have been found, that are said to be over three thousand years old.
"New National Fourth Reader" by Charles J. Barnes and J. Marshall Hawkes
I knew quite well that something was wrong with mummie.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
Mummies are the most lifeless objects one could well imagine.
"The Treasury of Ancient Egypt" by Arthur E. P. B. Weigall
No wonder the mummies felt at home!
"Idolatry" by Julian Hawthorne
Mummy's so warm and she lies so tight.
"Sally Bishop" by E. Temple Thurston
He sells mummies on de side.
"The False Gods" by George Horace Lorimer
Dr. Rustler is a crank; he thinks he can find a tall talk mummy that speaks an unknown tongue.
"The Disentanglers" by Andrew Lang
And the quaint plait and fringe of false hair, which were also found, need not have belonged to a royal mummy.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, And Assyria In The Light Of Recent Discovery" by L.W. King and H.R. Hall
They also found the mummies of Thutmosis I., Thutmosis II.
"History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 12 (of 12)" by S. Rappoport
They do not make mummies.
"Round-about Rambles in Lands of Fact and Fancy" by Frank Richard Stockton
Presently his eyes rested again on the mummy case.
"Masques & Phases" by Robert Ross
After its death it became an Osiris (Osar-hapi), it was embalmed, and its mummy deposited in a vault.
"History Of Ancient Civilization" by Charles Seignobos
Mummy, make daddy sing.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
You know we always miss them somehow, mummy, when we go out.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
I wanted to give up the search for those mummies and the stores of old incised inscriptions.
"In the Mahdi's Grasp" by George Manville Fenn
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In poetry:

A thousand years
In a mummy's hand
A seed may lie.
Then, planted, spring
Into life again
Under sun and sky.
"Seeds" by Cale Young Rice
'What boot your many-volumed gains,
Those withered leaves forever turning,
To win, at best, for all your pains,
A nature mummy-wrapt to learning?
"The Nightingale In The Study" by James Russell Lowell
As mummy was prized for a rich hue
The painter no elsewhere could find,
So 'twas buried men's thinking with which you
Gave the ripe mellow tone to your mind.
"Franciscus De Verulamio Sic Cogitavit" by James Russell Lowell
All work is noble, but a nobler kind
Is that whose task is ever piercing through
The mummy folds of ignorance to find
True worth in man and hold it up to view.
"Carlyle" by Alexander Anderson
Age preserves with doting care
Things from which life long has fled,
Shrieks to see Youth touch a hair
On the mouldiest mummy-head—
So Egyptians kept their dead.
"Tamerlane" by Victor James Daley
"An image false of shapes of living mould,
(Time's very mummy, she!)
Whom only Hope's sweet balm hath power to hold
Within the chambers of the grave so cold,—
Thy fever calls this immortality!"
"Resignation" by Friedrich von Schiller

In news:

Pacific Cascade Middle School sixth-graders check out a replica of Tutankhamun's mummy at Pacific Science Center's King Tut exhibit.
Chick lit queen beats 'mummy porn' madame in books battle.
Dressed as a mummy, Isabella Moser, 8, cries in fear at the Haunted Maplewood House tour Monday.
But at the Natural Science Center of Greensboro, visitors will experience a very unusual collection of objects: 28 mummies.
Mandy Keith, 33, center, runs Yummy Mummy Meals Workshop out of her Hanover home.
Jack-o-lantern, mummy lights add festive fun.
Brain-removal tool left in mummy's skull.
It's mummy porn versus chick lit .
Other monsters in the list were the Wolf Man, The Bride Of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Mummy and The Phantom Of The Opera.
There is a mummy on the run.
But now, with the placement of permanent pieces, cooler weather and the mummies in residence, this is an excellent time to discover the garden's pleasures .
Oldest prosthetic ever found on Egyptian mummy.
In Hollywood, often people fail upwards, as there no other reason why Universal would hire Len Wiseman to helm their 'Mummy' Reboot (or re- reboot, if the 1930?s and 40?s versions count).
Even they were surprised to find the rib bone came from an Egyptian mummy.
"Once there was a little mummy who wanted to run away ".
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In science:

And the next day was Saturday, so Mummy was not going to tell them to sleep right away.
Special Relativity for the School Going Child
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