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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.
1810-20; taxi- + Greek dérm(a) skin (see derma) + -y3
Related forms
taxidermal, taxidermic, adjective
taxidermist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for taxidermist
  • One specimen was prepared by a taxidermist as a skin and the other one was submerged in ethanol.
  • It was done as neatly as a professed taxidermist would have done it.
  • Information about obtaining a taxidermist license.
  • Most of the animals possessed by the taxidermist were not identified as required by law.
  • Check with the taxidermist you intend to use and find out the protocol he or she prefers.
  • The best strategy is to ask your taxidermist beforehand how he or she prefers for the deer to be skinned.
  • If you plan to have the head mounted, let your taxidermist skin out the head and remove the jaw for you.
  • The club has been paying local taxidermist for their supplies and the taxidermist has been doing the work for free.
  • Seals may be removed by a licensed taxidermist upon acceptance and recording of the specimen.
British Dictionary definitions for taxidermist


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 taxidermist



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

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