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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 taxidermy
  • 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.
  • Aquariums with lake fish and taxidermy featuring sea birds and turtles also figure in the collections.
  • The center features art, taxidermy and authentic recorded moose calls.
  • On-site taxidermy services stuff and mount trophy fish.
  • taxidermy allows individuals to engage in the business of taxidermy for other individuals.
  • Some furbearers may be sold whole to someone in the taxidermy field.
  • Epidemiologists are reviewing taxidermy records on a facility related to the index case.
British Dictionary definitions for taxidermy


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 taxidermy

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

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