Mother vs. Mummy - What's the difference?

Main Difference

The main difference between Mother and Mummy is that the Mother is a female parent and Mummy is a human or animal, whose skin and organs have been preserved.

Wikipedia

  • Mother

    A mother is the female parent of a child. Mothers are women who inhabit or perform the role of bearing some relation to their children, who may or may not be their biological offspring. Thus, dependent on the context, women can be considered mothers by virtue of having given birth, by raising their child(ren), supplying their ovum for fertilisation, or some combination thereof. Such conditions provide a way of delineating the concept of motherhood, or the state of being a mother. Women who meet the third and first categories usually fall under the terms 'birth mother' or 'biological mother', regardless of whether the individual in question goes on to parent their child. Accordingly, a woman who meets only the second condition may be considered an adoptive mother, and those who meet only the first or only the third a surrogacy mother. An adoptive mother is a female who has become the child's parent through the legal process of adoption. A biological mother is the female genetic contributor to the creation of the infant, through sexual intercourse or egg donation. A biological mother may have legal obligations to a child not raised by her, such as an obligation of monetary support. A putative mother is a female whose biological relationship to a child is alleged but has not been established. A stepmother is a female who is the wife of a child's father and they may form a family unit, but who generally does not have the legal rights and responsibilities of a parent in relation to the child. The above concepts defining the role of mother are neither exhaustive nor universal, as any definition of 'mother' may vary based on how social, cultural, and religious roles are defined. The parallel conditions and terms for males: those who are (typically biologically) fathers do not, by definition, take up the role of fatherhood. Motherhood and fatherhood are not limited to those who are or have parented. Women who are pregnant may be referred to as expectant mothers or mothers-to-be, though such applications tend to be less readily applied to (biological) fathers or adoptive parents. The process of becoming a mother has been referred to as "matrescence".The adjective "maternal" refers to a mother and comparatively to "paternal" for a father. The verb "to mother" means to procreate or to sire a child from which also derives the noun "mothering". Related terms of endearment are mom (mama, mommy), mum, mumsy, mamacita (ma, mam) and mammy. A female role model that children can look up to is sometimes referred to as a mother-figure.

  • Mummy

    A mummy is a deceased human or an animal whose skin and organs have been preserved by either intentional or accidental exposure to chemicals, extreme cold, very low humidity, or lack of air, so that the recovered body does not decay further if kept in cool and dry conditions. Some authorities restrict the use of the term to bodies deliberately embalmed with chemicals, but the use of the word to cover accidentally desiccated bodies goes back to at least 1615 AD (See the section Etymology and meaning). Mummies of humans and other animals have been found on every continent, both as a result of natural preservation through unusual conditions, and as cultural artifacts. Over one million animal mummies have been found in Egypt, many of which are cats. Many of the Egyptian animal mummies are sacred ibis, and radiocarbon dating suggests the Egyptian Ibis mummies that have been analyzed were from time frame that falls between approximately 450 and 250 BC.In addition to the well-known mummies of ancient Egypt, deliberate mummification was a feature of several ancient cultures in areas of America and Asia with very dry climates. The Spirit Cave mummies of Fallon, Nevada in North America were accurately dated at more than 9,400 years old. Before this discovery, the oldest known deliberate mummy was a child, one of the Chinchorro mummies found in the Camarones Valley, Chile, which dates around 5050 BC. The oldest known naturally mummified human corpse is a severed head dated as 6,000 years old, found in 1936 AD at the site named Inca Cueva No. 4 in South America.

Wiktionary

  • Mother (noun)

    A (human) female who has given birth to a baby

    "I am visiting my mother today. — My sister-in-law has just become a mother."

    "He had something of his mother in him, but this was because he realized that in the end only her love was unconditional, and in gratitude he had emulated her."

  • Mother (noun)

    A human female who parents an adopted or fostered child

  • Mother (noun)

    A human female who donates a fertilized egg or donates a body cell which has resulted in a clone.

  • Mother (noun)

    A pregnant female, possibly as a shortened form of mother-to-be.

    "Nutrients and oxygen obtained by the mother are conveyed to the fetus."

  • Mother (noun)

    A female parent of an animal.

    "The lioness was a mother of four cubs."

  • Mother (noun)

    A female ancestor.

  • Mother (noun)

    A source or origin.

    "The Mediterranean was mother to many cultures and languages."

  • Mother (noun)

    Something that is the greatest or most significant of its kind. mother of all.}}

  • Mother (noun)

    A title of respect for one's mother-in-law.

    "Mother Smith, meet my cousin, Doug Jones."

  • Mother (noun)

    Any elderly woman, especially within a particular community.

  • Mother (noun)

    Any person or entity which performs mothering.

  • Mother (noun)

    The principal piece of an astrolabe, into which the others are fixed.

  • Mother (noun)

    The female superior or head of a religious house; an abbess, etc.

  • Mother (noun)

    Hysterical passion; hysteria.

  • Mother (noun)

    A stringy, mucilaginous or film- or membrane-like substance (consisting of acetobacters) which develops in fermenting alcoholic liquids (such as wine, or cider), and turns the alcohol into acetic acid with the help of oxygen from the air.

    "pieces of mother, adding mother to vinegar"

  • Mother (noun)

    Motherfucker.

  • Mother (noun)

    A striking example.

  • Mother (noun)

    alternative form of moth-er

  • Mother (verb)

    To give birth to or produce (as its female parent) a child. father]].

  • Mother (verb)

    To treat as a mother would be expected to treat her child; to nurture.

  • Mother (verb)

    To cause to contain that substance which develops in fermenting alcohol and turns it into vinegar.

    "mothered oil / vinegar / wine"

  • Mother (verb)

    To develop mother.

  • Mummy (noun)

    An wrapped in bandages for practised by the Egyptians. from 17th c.

  • Mummy (noun)

    A reanimated embalmed human corpse, as a typical character in horror films. from 20th c.

  • Mummy (noun)

    Any preserved human or animal body. from 18th c.

  • Mummy (noun)

    A brown ground-Egyptian mixed with bitumen, etc. from 19th c.

    "mummy brown"

  • Mummy (noun)

    A pulp. from 17th c.

  • Mummy (noun)

    A mummified flesh. from 14th c.

  • Mummy (noun)

    A sort of wax used in grafting. 18th c.

  • Mummy (noun)

    mother.

  • Mummy (verb)

    To mummify.

Webster Dictionary

  • Mummy (noun)

    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.

  • Mummy (noun)

    Dried flesh of a mummy.

  • Mummy (noun)

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

  • Mummy (noun)

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

  • Mummy (noun)

    A sort of wax used in grafting, etc.

  • Mummy (noun)

    One whose affections and energies are withered.

  • Mummy

    To embalm; to mummify.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Mummy (noun)

    informal terms for a mother

  • Mummy (noun)

    a body embalmed and dried and wrapped for burial (as in ancient Egypt)

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