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  1. the art of preparing and preserving the skins of animals and of stuffing and mounting them in lifelike form.
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Origin of taxidermy

1810–20; taxi- + Greek dérm(a) skin (see derma1) + -y3
Related formstax·i·der·mal, tax·i·der·mic, adjectivetax·i·der·mist, noun
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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.

    Practical Taxidermy

    Montagu Browne

  • Possibly this improvement has taken place by now; anyway, I heartily wish Brother Jonathan good luck in his taxidermic studies.

    Practical Taxidermy

    Montagu Browne

British Dictionary definitions for taxidermic


  1. the art or process of preparing, stuffing, and mounting animal skins so that they have a lifelike appearance
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Derived Formstaxidermal or taxidermic, adjectivetaxidermist, noun

Word Origin

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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