Where does the word 'mummy' come from?
It comes from Persian "mumiai" (pitch, asphalt). The custom of preserving the dead by an elaborate process of embalming, with attendant rites, practiced by the Egyptians and other ancient peoples such as the Incas in Peru.
The word "mummy" doesn't come from Ancient Egypt. The English word mummy is derived from medieval Latin word "mumia", a borrowing of the medieval Arabic word mÅ«miya (Ù…ÙˆÙ…ÙŠØ§Ø¡) and from a Persian word mÅ«m (which means "wax") which meant an embalmed corpse, and as well as the embalming substance.