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[tak-si-dur-mee] /ˈtæk sɪˌdɜr mi/
the art of preparing and preserving the skins of animals and of stuffing and mounting them in lifelike form.
Origin of taxidermy
1810-20; taxi- + Greek dérm(a) skin (see derma1) + -y3
Related forms
taxidermal, taxidermic, adjective
taxidermist, noun Unabridged
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  • But whatever you began with him, the talk went back to taxidermy.

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  • The author was the first who submitted some useful principles for taxidermy.

    Practical Taxidermy Montagu Browne
  • The dark colour is unavoidable, at all events in the present state of taxidermy.

    Practical Taxidermy Montagu Browne
  • Never had the business of taxidermy been so profitable as in those days.

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    Thomas Gilbert Pearson
  • taxidermy was the only art in which he was able to do anything profitable.

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
British Dictionary definitions for taxidermy


the art or process of preparing, stuffing, and mounting animal skins so that they have a lifelike appearance
Derived Forms
taxidermal, taxidermic, adjective
taxidermist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Greek taxis arrangement + -dermy, from Greek derma skin
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Word Origin and History for taxidermy

1820, from Greek taxis "arrangement," from tassein "arrange" (see tactics) + derma "skin."

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