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Definition of embalm verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

embalm

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪmˈbɑːm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbɑːm//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they embalm
BrE BrE//ɪmˈbɑːm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbɑːm//
 
he / she / it embalms
BrE BrE//ɪmˈbɑːmz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbɑːmz//
 
past simple embalmed
BrE BrE//ɪmˈbɑːmd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbɑːmd//
 
past participle embalmed
BrE BrE//ɪmˈbɑːmd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbɑːmd//
 
-ing form embalming
BrE BrE//ɪmˈbɑːmɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbɑːmɪŋ//
 
 
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embalm something to prevent a dead body from decaying by treating it with special substances to preserve it Word Origin Middle English: from Old French embaumer, from em- ‘in’ + baume ‘balm’, variant of basme, from Latin balsamum from Greek balsamon.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: embalm