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
Especially in the manipulation of frail skins and delicate feathers, in bird taxidermy, is this so.
Of course, as it turns out, the world of taxidermy is a wide, varied, sometimes disturbing place.
Angela Wilson: I started in taxidermy when I was 16.
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."
The taxidermists that I respect the most call taxidermy a highly skilled craft.
Other services, such as taxidermy and safari planning, are also available.
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."
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.
"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.
They were true hoarders and collectors and the house is full of natural history specimens, such as taxidermy, minerals and butterflies.