Mummy wheat
Mummy Mum"my (m[u^]m"m[y^]), n.; pl. {Mummies} (m[u^]m"m[i^]z). [F. momie; cf. Sp. & Pg. momia, It. mummia; all fr. Per. m[=u]miy[=a], fr. m[=u]m wax.] 1. 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. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. Dried flesh of a mummy. [Obs.] --Sir. J. Hill. [1913 Webster]

3. A gummy liquor that exudes from embalmed flesh when heated; -- formerly supposed to have magical and medicinal properties. [Obs.] --Shak. --Sir T. Herbert. [1913 Webster]

4. A brown color obtained from bitumen. See {Mummy brown} (below). [1913 Webster]

5. (Gardening) A sort of wax used in grafting, etc. [1913 Webster]

6. One whose affections and energies are withered. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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