Mummy

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Definition:

A dead person that is perserved, either artificially or naturally.

Description:

The word was derived from the Persian language. The Egyptians used resin as one of the main ingredients in perserving their dead.

The word for resin in the Persian language is ‘mumme’. The Egyptians thought that they were referring to the perserved people, and not the resin.
The name just stuck.

Source:

The Learning Channel - 'Unwrapped'

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