taxidermy

[tak-si-dur-mee]
noun
the art of preparing and preserving the skins of animals and of stuffing and mounting them in lifelike form.

Origin:
1810–20; taxi- + Greek dérm(a) skin (see derma) + -y3

taxidermal, taxidermic, adjective
taxidermist, noun
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taxidermy (ˈtæksɪˌdɜːmɪ)
 
n
the art or process of preparing, stuffing, and mounting animal skins so that they have a lifelike appearance
 
[C19: from Greek taxis arrangement + -dermy, from Greek derma skin]
 
taxi'dermal
 
adj
 
taxi'dermic
 
adj
 
'taxidermist
 
n

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taxidermy
1820, from Gk. taxis "arrangement," from tassein "arrange" (see tactics) + derma "skin."
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Example sentences
Oddly, the world has yet to see the first cloned stuffed animal-a taxidermy
  specimen sampled to make a spanking new creature.
The birds would stand still for long stretches, resembling their taxidermy
  cousins, then startle spectators by taking flight.
Cyborg taxidermy transforms beetles into airplanes and buses.
Mail clerks raised money to have his body preserved by taxidermy.
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