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embalm


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  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  odor;  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  embalm 
  v  :  preserve  a  dead  body 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  EMBALM,  v.i.  To  cheat  vegetation  by  locking  up  the  gases  upon  which 
  it  feeds.  By  embalming  their  dead  and  thereby  deranging  the  natural 
  balance  between  animal  and  vegetable  life,  the  Egyptians  made  their 
  once  fertile  and  populous  country  barren  and  incapable  of  supporting 
  more  than  a  meagre  crew.  The  modern  metallic  burial  casket  is  a  step 
  in  the  same  direction,  and  many  a  dead  man  who  ought  now  to  be 
  ornamenting  his  neighbor's  lawn  as  a  tree,  or  enriching  his  table  as  a 
  bunch  of  radishes,  is  doomed  to  a  long  inutility.  We  shall  get  him 
  after  awhile  if  we  are  spared,  but  in  the  meantime  the  violet  and  rose 
  are  languishing  for  a  nibble  at  his  _glutoeus  maximus_. 
 
 




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