Definition of taxidermy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtaksɪˌdəːmi/


[mass noun]
The art of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of animals with lifelike effect.
Example sentences
  • A Case of Curiosities is devoted to the art of taxidermy, decorative, restorative and anthropomorphic.
  • Scriver's success in sculpting animal forms for his taxidermy work encouraged the artist to pursue more traditional forms of sculpture.
  • The process of taxidermy sees the skin of an animal removed, preserved and arranged around a model of the original body.



Pronunciation: /taksɪˈdəːm(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Now, breathing in the chill river spray, I wonder if the taxidermal specimen might be enough.
  • I've painted a backdrop and I have some taxidermal crows that I've mounted.
  • Back at Walton Hall he set grimly to work, applying his taxidermal brilliance to a hideous revenge.


Pronunciation: /taksɪˌˈdəːmɪk/
Example sentences
  • But Carlee Fernandez's manipulations of taxidermic animals stopped me in my gallery-going tracks.
  • He works almost entirely from a roomy house that sits on a wooded Oregon mountain top and is decorated with taxidermic specimens, including a piranha and a crocodile.
  • The memoirs are far advanced beyond the taxidermic tributes of the nineteenth century, but the relationship between the articles and the memoirs is uneasy.


Example sentences
  • We also presented a taxidermically mounted wallaby to quantify the response to a nonpredatory, familiar vertebrate.
  • Also provided are taxidermically prepared fish wherein the fish head is prepared by the foregoing processes.
  • Inside were taxidermically preserved specimens of a hummingbird, snake, bat, lizard, frog, and praying mantis.


Early 19th century: from Greek taxis 'arrangement' + derma 'skin'.

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