Mum"my (?), n.; pl. Mummies (#). [F. momie; cf. Sp. & Pg. momia, It. mummia; all fr. Per. mmiya, fr. mm wax.]


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.



Dried flesh of a mummy.


Sir. J. Hill.


A gummy liquor that exudes from embalmed flesh when heated; -- formerly supposed to have magical and medicinal properties.


Shak. Sir T. Herbert.


A brown color obtained from bitumen. See Mummy brown (below).

5. Gardening

A sort of wax used in grafting, etc.


One whose affections and energies are withered.

Mummy brown, 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. -- Mummy wheat 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. -- To beat to a mummy, to beat to a senseless mass; to beat soundly.


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Mum"my, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mummied (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Mummying.]

To embalm; to mummify.


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