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taxidermy

noun taxi·der·my \ˈtak-sə-ˌdər-mē\

: the skill, activity, or job of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of dead animals so that they look like they did when they were alive

Full Definition of TAXIDERMY

:  the art of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of animals and especially vertebrates
taxi·der·mic \ˌtak-sə-ˈdər-mik\ adjective
taxi·der·mist \ˈtak-sə-ˌdər-mist\ noun

Origin of TAXIDERMY

tax- + derm- + 2-y
First Known Use: 1820

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