Embalming
Embalm Em*balm", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Embalmed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Embalming}.] [F. embaumer; pref. em- (L. in) + baume balm. See {Balm}.] 1. To anoint all over with balm; especially, to preserve from decay by means of balm or other aromatic oils, or spices; to fill or impregnate (a dead body), with aromatics and drugs that it may resist putrefaction. [1913 Webster]

Joseph commanded his servants, the physicians, to embalm ?is father; and the physicians embalmed Israel. --Gem. l. 2. [1913 Webster]

2. To fill or imbue with sweet odor; to perfume. [1913 Webster]

With fresh dews embalmed the earth. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To preserve from decay or oblivion as if with balm; to perpetuate in remembrance. [1913 Webster]

Those tears eternal that embalm the dead. --Pope. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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