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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.

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    the process of preserving a body by means of aromatics (Gen.
    50:2, 3, 26). This art was practised by the Egyptians from the
    earliest times, and there brought to great perfection. This
    custom probably originated in the belief in the future reunion
    of the soul with the body. The process became more and more
    complicated, and to such perfection was it carried that bodies
    embalmed thousands of years ago are preserved to the present day
    in the numberless mummies that have been discovered in Egypt.
      The embalming of Jacob and Joseph was according to the
    Egyptian custom, which was partially followed by the Jews (2
    Chr. 16:14), as in the case of king Asa, and of our Lord (John
    19:39, 40; Luke 23:56; 24:1). (See PHARAOH.)