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taxidermy

[tak-si-dur-mee] /ˈtæk sɪˌdɜr mi/
noun
1.
the art of preparing and preserving the skins of animals and of stuffing and mounting them in lifelike form.
Origin of taxidermy
1810-1820
1810-20; taxi- + Greek dérm(a) skin (see derma1) + -y3
Related forms
taxidermal, taxidermic, adjective
taxidermist, noun
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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

taxidermy

/ˈtæksɪˌdɜːmɪ/
noun
1.
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

taxidermy

n.

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

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