verb (used with object)
Origin of embalm
Examples from the Web for embalm
And down in the smoking-room he sat before the fire, in one of those chairs which embalm after-dinner dreams.Five Tales|John Galsworthy
We treasure a good thing when we hear it, and love to embalm it.Liverpool a few years since|James Aspinall
This was the reason why they took so much pains to embalm the body.Vestiges of the Mayas|Augustus Le Plongeon
I loved it and left it on the stalk, in the true Emersonian spirit, and here I do my little best to embalm its memory.The Foot-path Way|Bradford Torrey
P—— should preach your funeral sermon, and S——, the poisoner of other characters, embalm your memory.
Word Origin for embalm
mid-14c., from Middle French embaumer "preserve (a corpse) with spices," from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + baume "balm" (see balm) + -er verbal suffix. The -l- inserted in English 1500s in imitation of Latin. Related: Embalmed; embalming.