Meaning of “embalm” in the English Dictionary

"embalm" in British English

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embalmverb [ T ]

uk /ɪmˈbɑːm/ us /ɪmˈbɑːm/
embalmer
noun [ C ] uk /ɪmˈbɑː.mər/ us /ɪmˈbɑː.mɚ/

Examples from literature

  • Mrs. Murphy jumped to the conclusion that it would only cost two or three dollars to embalm her dead husband, and so she telegraphed "Yes." 
  • On the arrival of the body at Government House it was immediately embalmed, and lay in State for several days, being then transported to England. 
  • The embalmed bodies of kings were preserved in marble sarcophagi, and hidden in gigantic monuments. 
  • The entrails had been badly embalmed, and it was their fermentation which caused the accident. 
  • Thus died Daniel, and for seven days the women sat apart upon the ground and mourned him, while the men embalmed his body and made it ready for burial. 

(Definition of “embalm” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)