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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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  • We have now reached one of the most interesting features of all taxidermic work.

  • 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.

  • 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


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 taxidermic



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

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