- Exhume is defined as to dig up a body from the ground, or to bring back something that was formerly hidden or unknown.
- 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.
- exhumation noun
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transitive verb ex·humed, ex·hum·ing, ex·humes
- To remove from a grave; disinter.
- To bring to light, especially after a period of obscurity.
Origin: French exhumer, from Medieval Latin exhumāre : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin humus, ground; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots.
- exˌhu·maˈtion noun
- ex·humˈer noun