[ 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 formstax·i·der·mal, tax·i·der·mic, adjectivetax·i·der·mist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for taxidermy


/ (ˈtæksɪˌdɜːmɪ) /


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

Word Origin for taxidermy

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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