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la mumie

English translation: mumijo (or Mumiyo)

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French Middle (ca.1400-1600) term or phrase:la mumie
English translation:mumijo (or Mumiyo)
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10:39 Nov 16, 2008
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Science - Mining & Minerals / Gems / mineral compound
French Middle (ca.1400-1600) term or phrase: la mumie
Used in medieval medicinal preparations.
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mumijo (or Mumiyo)
Explanation:
Mumijo (also denoted as mumio) is a thick, sticky tar-like substance with a colour ranging from white to dark brown (the latter is more common), sometimes found in Caucasus mountains, Altai mountains and Tibet mountains.

‘Reports on the high biodiversity of marine animals date back to Aristotle (384–322 BC) (1), who gave—in his 5th book on the History of Animals—extensive descriptions on those sponge species near the island of Lesbos that have been commercially used later (reviewed in 2)’. Likewise, since Aristotle (1) the tar-like substance, of white over yellow to black color, which is used in traditional medicine, has been termed collectively Mumijo, Mumie or Mumiyo
http://ecam.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/nen072v1


Seems that the term comes from "mumiyah", an arabic word meaning "bitumen"
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Béatrice Sylvie Lajoie
Local time: 13:19
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Excellent response! Many thanks!
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mumijo (or Mumiyo)


Explanation:
Mumijo (also denoted as mumio) is a thick, sticky tar-like substance with a colour ranging from white to dark brown (the latter is more common), sometimes found in Caucasus mountains, Altai mountains and Tibet mountains.

‘Reports on the high biodiversity of marine animals date back to Aristotle (384–322 BC) (1), who gave—in his 5th book on the History of Animals—extensive descriptions on those sponge species near the island of Lesbos that have been commercially used later (reviewed in 2)’. Likewise, since Aristotle (1) the tar-like substance, of white over yellow to black color, which is used in traditional medicine, has been termed collectively Mumijo, Mumie or Mumiyo
http://ecam.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/nen072v1


Seems that the term comes from "mumiyah", an arabic word meaning "bitumen"


Béatrice Sylvie Lajoie
Local time: 13:19
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench, Native in EnglishEnglish
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Excellent response! Many thanks!
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