from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See mum.


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  • [FN#315] I prefer this derivation to Strutt's adopted by the popular, "mumm is said to be derived from the Danish word mumme, or momme in Dutch (Germ. = larva), and signifies disguise in a mask, hence a mummer."

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  • A single tent, or tupic, as it is called by them, is composed of from five to ten skins, which are split -- that is, the mumme is split off and dried separately from the skin.

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  • WV: mumme "Mumme, please don't buy me a birthday cake from the store; they will wreck it!"

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  • The rear portion of the tent is made of the skins with the hairy side out, while the front is made of the transparent mumme, which admits the light almost as freely as if made of ground glass.

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  • The skin portion is impervious to water, but the mumme admits the rain about as readily as it does the sunlight.

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  • "Mummynge, mussacio, vel mussatus": it was a pantomime in dumb show, e.g. "I mumme in a mummynge;" "Let us go mumme (mummer) to nyghte in women's apparayle."

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  • “Mummynge, mussacio, vel mussatus”: it was a pantomime in dumb show, e.g. “I mumme in a mummynge;” “Let us go mumme (mummer) to nyghte in women’s apparayle.”

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  • _Encyclopædia of Antiquities_ (ed. 1843, ii. 668), says, under the heading "Mummers: These were amusements derived from the Saturnalia, and so called from the Danish _mumme_, or Dutch _momme_ -- disguise in a mask.

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