• WordNet 3.6
    • n embalmer a mortician who treats corpses with preservatives
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Three Wise Men of the East brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to the infant Jesus. Frankincense is a gum resin used as a base for incense. Myrrh, also a gum resin, was valued as a perfume and unguent used in embalming.
    • n Embalmer One who embalms.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n embalmer One who embalms bodies for preservation.
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  • John Milton
    “A good book is the precious life-blood of the master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose for a life beyond.”
  • Florence King
    “Showing up at school already able to read is like showing up at the undertaker's already embalmed: people start worrying about being put out of their jobs.”
  • Dustin Hoffman
    Dustin Hoffman
    “One thing about being successful is that I stopped being afraid of dying. Once you're a star you're dead already. You're embalmed.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “A precedent embalms a principle.”


In literature:

The body was embalmed by Barbara Lovel, the Gipsy Queen.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
When the Sabbath was over, Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices to embalm Jesus.
"The Children's Bible" by Henry A. Sherman
The merchant consoles the dying bird, and afterwards has him embalmed and placed in the gold vase.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
It was embalmed; and she kept it ever by her for the twenty-nine years of her widowhood.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
They said she died after they embalmed her.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
Books are embalmed minds.
"Assimilative Memory" by Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
At a restaurant dinner he gave a full account of her death, embalming, and funeral.
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis
It must be that the boys got tired of embalmed beef, and ate the ambulances.
"Peck's Uncle Ike and The Red Headed Boy 1899" by George W. Peck
It had been roughly embalmed and the features were said to be recognisable.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
He is wrapped in yellow linen, and embalmed with spices.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry

In poetry:

Vicious, dark cypresses:
Vicious, you supple, brooding, softly-swaying pillars of dark
Monumental to a dead, dead race
Embalmed in you!
"Cypresses" by D H Lawrence
But the soul of that subtle, sad perfume,
As the spiced embalmings, they say, outlast
The mummy laid in his rocky tomb,
Awakens my buried past.
"A Newport Romance" by Francis Bret Harte
Hoary Time
Linger'd with blessings for his latest day,
And now 'neath turf embalm'd with tears he sleeps,
Waiting the resurrection of the just.
"Rev. DR. T. M. Cooley," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
'Tis now a fane, where Love can find
Christ everywhere embalmed and shined:
Aye gathering up memorials sweet,
Where'er she sets her duteous feet.
"Easter Day" by John Keble
For awhile our all-nectarine breath
Would embalm thy dear Mistress's bow'r,
But soon should we wither in death,
Th' expanse and perfume of an hour."
"Morning Walk" by Laura Sophia Temple
--Thou, as the rose
Lies buried in her fragrance, when on earth
The summer-loosen'd blossom flows,
Art sepulchred and embalm'd in native worth:
While to thy grave, in England's anxious years,
We bring our useless tears.
"A Home In The Palace" by Francis Turner Palgrave

In news:

Formaldehyde, which a chemical engineer told Allure many embalmers have stopped using because it's "so toxic," has not been banned from your beauty products.
Mike Greenlar / The Post-Standard Charles Garland, director and manager of Garland Bros Funeral Home on West Castle St in Syracuse wears and holds protective equipment used when handling embalming fluid in his job.
Syracuse is seeing an increase in street use of embalming fluid.
Then the Virginia Board for Funeral Directors and Embalmers found SCI responsible for inappropriate treatment of bodies and issued one of the harshest fines it has ever meted out.
For someone who was embalmed just last fall by a New York tabloid as "Dead Veep Walking," it was a stunning achievement.
Despite Risk, Embalmers Still Embrace Preservative.
Isaiah Owens, a funeral director, says newer embalming fluids are not as good as formaldehyde .
MOORESVILLE The memory of a close friend's death in an airplane crash is still clear to Savanah Light, the newly-licensed funeral director /embalmer at Carlisle-Branson Funera.
Lonesome George, who died Sunday from natural causes, will be embalmed and put on display.
He died Sunday and will be embalmed.
With Will Barnes looking on, Cody Hodge, right, demonstrates part of the embalming process used in ancient Egypt.
SINCE the Soviet Union folded in 1991, Russia has been tippy-toeing around the dead mouse on the national living room floor, namely Lenin 's embalmed corpse.
I've just read a 1998 book called " Lenin 's Embalmers," by Ilya Zbarsky and Samuel Hutchinson.
I have seen Theatre Artists Studio's Lenin 's Embalmers, and, oh, the wisecracks I could make about dead comedies and performances by walking corpses.
Lenin 's Embalmers continues through April 23 at 4848 E Cactus Rd.