Words that start with M
List of things that start with the letter M.
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A mummy is a preserved dead body, animal or human. Mummies can be made by deliberately preserving them, or accidentally by extreme environmental conditions. The process of preserving a body is called mummification.
In ancient Egypt, it was common for dead bodies to be ritually preserved for burial. Mummified bodies typically had the internal organs removed and were then dried, by desert sand or salt, and anointed with oils and perfumes and wrapped.
Mushrooms are a type of fungus, and are not a plant. They come in a variety of sizes and colours. Some mushrooms are edible, but others are poisonous - poisonous mushrooms are often called toadstools. The top part of a mushroom is called the cap and the stem at the bottom is called the stalk.
Mushrooms reproduce in a similar way to ferns. They grow spores in gills under the cap, which gradually opens from a ball to a disc as the mushroom matures. Some mushrooms release their spores in an explosive puff. Spores look like fine black dust.