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.
- em·balm·er, noun
- em·balm·ment, noun
- un·em·balmed, adjective
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How to use embalm in a sentence
One of the most interesting things about American death and funerals isn’t even embalming, although that’s our greatest hit.
Sorin had to be sealed in a lead coffin as bodies were not embalmed there.
Scientists are examining the embalmed heart of Richard the Lionheart, who died in 1199.Scientists Exhume the Heart of Richard the Lionheart | Dan Jones | March 3, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
"Father Gary" didn't grow up with a mercurial mortician who embalmed his mother, either.
The dead need to be embalmed, as quickly and effectively as possible.
Climategate just ensures the carcass isn't going to be embalmed—it will rot for all to see.
Few emotions are stronger in the hour of death than the desire to be embalmed in the affections of those who are dear to us.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
His mother had been embalmed with such consummate skill that she appeared as she had appeared on her death bed.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
The embalmed bodies of kings were preserved in marble sarcophagi, and hidden in gigantic monuments.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I | John Lord
Dead, even in name, many of them, or else safely embalmed in the musty pages of some old history seldom read.Gardens of the Caribbees, v. 1/2 | Ida May Hill Starr
The body was embalmed and the Ka dwelt in the sepulchre with it, but went in and out of the tomb.Scarabs | Isaac Myer
British Dictionary definitions for embalm
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
- embalmer, noun
- embalmment, noun
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