- to treat (a dead body) so as to preserve it, as with chemicals, drugs, or balsams.
- to preserve from oblivion; keep in memory: his deeds embalmed in the hearts of his disciples.
- to cause to remain unchanged; prevent the development of.
- to impart a balmy fragrance to.
Origin of embalm
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Examples from the Web for embalm
The persons who embalm the bodies are artists who have learnt this secret from their ancestors.Practical Taxidermy
For it was his business to notice things, and embalm them afterward in ink.The Freelands
With delight, it is to be hoped; my poem will embalm your memory for posterity.The Emperor, Complete
"But they will require the uninjured corpse of you, to embalm it," said Pentaur.Uarda, Complete
We treasure a good thing when we hear it, and love to embalm it.Liverpool a few years since
- to treat (a dead body) with preservatives, as by injecting formaldehyde into the blood vessels, to retard putrefaction
- to preserve or cherish the memory of
- poetic to give a sweet fragrance to
C13: from Old French embaumer; see balm
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Word Origin and History for embalm
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To treat a corpse with preservatives in order to prevent decay.
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