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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. Joseph commanded his servants, the physicians, to embalm is father; and the physicians embalmed Israel. (gem. L. 2)
2. To fill or imbue with sweet odour; to perfume. With fresh dews embalmed the earth. (Milton)
3. To preserve from decay or oblivion as if with balm; to perpetuate in remembrance. Those tears eternal that embalm the dead. (Pope)
Origin: f. Embaumer; pref. Em- (L. In) – baume balm. See balm.

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