- When you need to dig up the body of someone who was buried a year ago because it turns out that she may have been murdered and you need to get evidence, this is an example of when you exhume.
- When a museum worker finds an old scroll in the museum's warehouse and puts it on display, this is an example of how the worker exumes the scroll.
transitive verb-·humed′, -·hum′ing
- to dig out of the earth; disinter
- to bring to light; disclose; reveal
Origin of exhumeMiddle English exhumen from Medieval Latin exhumare from Classical Latin ex, out + humus, the ground: see humus
transitive verbex·humed, ex·hum·ing, ex·humes
- To remove from a grave; disinter.
- To bring to light, especially after a period of obscurity.
Origin of exhumeFrench exhumer from Medieval Latin exhumāre Latin ex- ex- Latin humus ground ; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present exhumes, present participle exhuming, simple past and past participle exhumed)