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exhumation (n.)

"the act of disinterring that which has been buried," especially a dead body, 1670s, probably via French exhumation, from Medieval Latin exhumationem (nominative exhumatio), noun of action from past-participle stem of exhumare "to unearth" (see exhume). In earliest use often in a French context.

In France, the exhumation of a dead body is order'd, upon proof that he was killed in a duel.—By the French laws, a parson has a right to demand the exhumation of the body of one of his parishioners, when interred out of the parish without his consent. [Chambers' "Cyclopaedia," 1741]

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Definitions of exhumation from WordNet

exhumation (n.)
the act of digging something up out of the ground (especially a corpse) where it has been buried;
Synonyms: disinterment / digging up
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