Etymology
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mummify (v.)

1620s, "embalm and dry (a dead body) as a mummy," from French momifier, from momie "mummy," from Medieval Latin mumia (see mummy) + -fier "to make into" (see -fy). Intransitive sense "shrivel or dry up" is by 1864. Related: Mummified; mummifying.

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Definitions of mummify

mummify (v.)
preserve while making lifeless;
mummified ideas and institutions should be gotten rid of
mummify (v.)
remove the organs and dry out (a dead body) in order to preserve it;
Th Egyptians mummified their pharaohs
mummify (v.)
dry up and shrivel due to complete loss of moisture;
a mummified body was found
Synonyms: dry up
From wordnet.princeton.edu