- the art of preparing and preserving the skins of animals and of stuffing and mounting them in lifelike form.
Origin of taxidermy
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Let us suppose we are fitting up a taxidermic laboratory in which to mount all kinds of vertebrate animals, great and small.
This material is absolutely indispensable in taxidermic work, and its composition should be thoroughly understood.
We have now reached one of the most interesting features of all taxidermic work.
In cases where it is undesirable or inconvenient to mount a fish as a whole, the head only may be treated as a taxidermic object.
Possibly this improvement has taken place by now; anyway, I heartily wish Brother Jonathan good luck in his taxidermic studies.
- the art or process of preparing, stuffing, and mounting animal skins so that they have a lifelike appearance
C19: from Greek taxis arrangement + -dermy, from Greek derma skin
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Word Origin and History for taxidermic
1820, from Greek taxis "arrangement," from tassein "arrange" (see tactics) + derma "skin."
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