- 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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We have the best evidence in the skill of the Egyptians in embalming the dead.
Palm-wine was also made in Egypt, and used in the process of embalming.
The mode of embalming depended on the rank and position of the deceased.
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- 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 embalming
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To treat a corpse with preservatives in order to prevent decay.
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