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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Em·balm v. t. [imp. & p. p. Embalmed p. pr. & vb. n. Embalming.]
 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 embalmis 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.