from The Century Dictionary.

  • To embalm; mummify.
  • noun A mummychog.
  • noun A dead human body embalmed and dried after the manner of the ancient Egyptian preparation for burial.
  • noun 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.
  • noun In horticulture, a kind of wax used in grafting and planting trees.
  • noun A brown color prepared from the asphalt taken from Egyptian mummies, and used as an oil-color by artists.

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

  • noun 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.
  • noun obsolete Dried flesh of a mummy.
  • noun obsolete A gummy liquor that exudes from embalmed flesh when heated; -- formerly supposed to have magical and medicinal properties.
  • noun A brown color obtained from bitumen. See Mummy brown (below).
  • noun (Gardening) A sort of wax used in grafting, etc.
  • noun One whose affections and energies are withered.
  • noun a brown color, nearly intermediate in tint between burnt umber and raw umber. A pigment of this color is prepared from bitumen, etc., obtained from Egyptian tombs.
  • noun (Bot.) wheat found in the ancient mummy cases of Egypt. No botanist now believes that genuine mummy wheat has been made to germinate in modern times.
  • noun to beat to a senseless mass; to beat soundly.
  • transitive verb To embalm; to mummify.

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

  • noun chiefly UK A child's term for mother.
  • noun An embalmed corpse wrapped in linen bandages for burial, especially as practised by the ancient Egyptians.
  • noun Any naturally preserved human or animal body.
  • noun uncountable, medicine, historical A substance used in medicine, prepared from mummified flesh.
  • noun archaic A pulp.
  • verb dated, transitive To mummify.

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

  • noun informal terms for a mother
  • noun a body embalmed and dried and wrapped for burial (as in ancient Egypt)


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Diminutive of mum, related to mom and mommy, from mother.

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From Anglo-Norman mumie, from Middle French momie, from Medieval Latin mumia, from Arabic مومياء (mūmiyā'), from Persian مومیا (mumyā), from موم (mum, "wax").


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  • "Middle English mummie, medicinal material from embalmed corpses, from Old French momie, from Medieval Latin mumia, from Arabic mūmīya, from mūm, wax, from Persian."

    - American Heritage Dictionary

    July 20, 2010

  • A really gross usage note can be found on momie.

    October 9, 2017