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  • IPA: /ˈmʌmi/
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Etymology 1

From Anglo-Norman mumie, Middle French momie, from Mediaeval Latin mumia, from Arabic مومياء (mūmiyā'), from Persian مومیا (mumyā).

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mummy

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mummies

mummy (mummies)
  1. (historical) A substance used in medicine prepared from mummified flesh.
    • 1978, Benjamin Walker, Encyclopedia of Metaphysical Medicine, Routledge 1978, p. 253:
      Yet another scatological medicament was obtained from mummy, the material derived from a dried or embalmed human corpse, the most valuable being that imported from Mizraim (ancient Egypt).
  2. (archaic) A pulp.
  3. An embalmed corpse wrapped in linen bandages for burial, especially as practised by the ancient Egyptians.
  4. Any naturally preserved human or animal body.
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Etymology 2

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

Noun

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mummy

Plural
mummies

mummy (mummies)
  1. (UK) A child's term for mother.
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