Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The art or operation of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of dead animals for exhibition in a lifelike state.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The art of stuffing, and mounting the skins of dead animals for exhibition in a lifelike state.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The art of preparing, preserving, and mounting the skins of animals so as to represent their natural appearance, as for cabinets.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The art of preparing and preserving the skins of animals, and also of stuffing and mounting the skins so as to give them as close a resemblance to the living forms as possible. See stuffing, 3.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the art of mounting the skins of animals so that they have lifelike appearance

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek τάξις (taxis, "arrangement", "order") + δέρμα (dérma, "skin") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Especially in the manipulation of frail skins and delicate feathers, in bird taxidermy, is this so.

    Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit (For Cindy) | clusterflock

  • Of course, as it turns out, the world of taxidermy is a wide, varied, sometimes disturbing place.

    Adventures in Taxidermy

  • Angela Wilson: I started in taxidermy when I was 16.

    Q&A, Angela Wilson, Taxidermist

  • She recalls her taxidermy teacher, George Jamieson, being asked by the family of a deceased Hell's Angel to stretch the tattooed skin from the biker's back over a canvas: "He said the idea of having a man's torso on his desk was just too much so he turned them down."

    Polly Morgan's wings of desire

  • The taxidermists that I respect the most call taxidermy a highly skilled craft.

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  • Other services, such as taxidermy and safari planning, are also available.

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  • The word "taxidermy" jumped out at me at the same time as I looked out the window and saw a sign for a tux shop, so my brain mixed the two and got "tuxidermy."

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  • When I was in high school I took one of those career-placement tests and it came back with "taxidermy" as my number one career match up.

    Thursday Thirteen #6

  • "So far I have pretty well eliminated any ideas of a tent or a rug, and I can't see a dwarf flying a black fur flag ... unless, of course, he plans to take up taxidermy, which is an unusual occupa - tion for dwarves as far as I have seen.

    The Gates of Thorbardin

  • They were true hoarders and collectors and the house is full of natural history specimens, such as taxidermy, minerals and butterflies.

    Life in a baroque home

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