Meaning of embalm

em•balm

Pronunciation: (em-bäm'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to treat (a dead body) so as to preserve it, as with chemicals, drugs, or balsams.
  2. to preserve from oblivion; keep in memory: his deeds embalmed in the hearts of his disciples.
  3. to cause to remain unchanged; prevent the development of.
  4. to impart a balmy fragrance to.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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