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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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  • But whatever you began with him, the talk went back to taxidermy.

    My Antonia

    Willa Cather

  • 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.

    The Bird Study Book

    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


  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 taxidermy


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

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