from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To treat (a corpse) with preservatives in order to prevent decay.
- transitive v. To protect from change or oblivion; preserve or fix: "A precedent embalms a principle” ( Benjamin Disraeli).
- transitive v. To impart fragrance to; perfume: Spicy aromas embalmed the air.
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- v. To treat a corpse with preservatives in order to prevent decomposition
- v. To perfume or add fragrance to something
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To fill or imbue with sweet odor; to perfume.
- transitive v. To preserve from decay or oblivion as if with balm; to perpetuate in remembrance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To dress or anoint with balm; specifically, to preserve from decay by means of balsams or other aromatic spices; keep from putrefaction by impregnating with spices, gums, and chemicals, as a dead body.
- Hence To preserve from neglect or decay; preserve in memory.
- To impart fragrance to; fill with sweet scent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. preserve a dead body
Middle English embaumen, from Old French embasmer : en-, in; see en-1 + basme, balm; see balm.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)