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Topic: DEATH

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Old French
Origin: momie, from Medieval Latin mumia, from Arabic mumiyah, from Persian mum 'wax'

mummy

noun
     
mum‧my S2 plural mummies [countable]
1 British English mother - used especially by young children or when you are talking to young children [= mommy American English]
Mummy, can I play outside?
2MX a dead body that has been preserved by wrapping it in cloth, especially in ancient Egypt
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