ETYM French momie; cf. Spanish and Portu. momia, Italian mummia; all from Per. műmiyâ, from műm wax.
Any dead body, human or animal, that has been naturally or artificially preserved. Natural mummification can occur through freezing (for example, mammoths in glacial ice from 25,000 years ago), drying, or preservation in bogs or oil seeps. Artificial mummification may be achieved by embalming (for example, the mummies of ancient Egypt) or by freeze-drying (see cryonics).
A body embalmed and dried and wrapped for burial (as in ancient Egypt).