taxidermy

noun
taxi·​der·​my | \ ˈtak-sə-ˌdər-mē How to pronounce taxidermy (audio) \

Definition of taxidermy

: the art of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of animals and especially vertebrates

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Other Words from taxidermy

taxidermic \ ˌtak-​sə-​ˈdər-​mik How to pronounce taxidermic (audio) \ adjective
taxidermist \ ˈtak-​sə-​ˌdər-​mist How to pronounce taxidermist (audio) \ noun

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The former co-op is in the process of dispersing a large taxidermy collection that Hennessey amassed using co-op money. Mikkel Pates, Twin Cities, "Former Minnesota elevator manager, who lived lavish lifestyle, sentenced for embezzlement of millions," 21 June 2019 His trademark bears included a giant sign that once stood on the roof of the Mills Avenue building and several seriously large examples of taxidermy that were once on display in his stores. Joy Wallace Dickinson, orlandosentinel.com, "From big oranges to bears, readers recall roadside gems," 16 June 2019 Even Kemuri Tatsu-ya’s interior is a hybrid of Japanese and Texan aesthetics: Austere wood paneling and intimate booths are reminscent of the izakayas in Tokyo and Texas-pride taxidermy hangs on the walls. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best BBQ in Austin," 27 Feb. 2018 The only feasible option, in his opinion, for pets that will still look like your pet is freeze-dry taxidermy, which is essentially giving your pet’s body freezer burn to preserve it, Baratta explains. Jen A. Miller, SELF, "When My Dog Died, I Discovered a Thriving Pet Funeral Industry I Never Knew Existed," 9 Apr. 2019 Park officials became aware of the radioactive buckets, located near a taxidermy exhibit, last year. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Grand Canyon's Museum Has Reportedly Been Exposing Tourists to Uranium for 18 Years," 19 Feb. 2019 With its dark paneled walls, taxidermy, and endless supply of plaid, the candlelit dinner began somewhat buttoned up before loosening up into an all-out dance party under a glittering disco ball. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Inside the Rollicking Aspen Trip That Was All Over Your Instagram," 11 Feb. 2019 Written history and degraded taxidermy intensified Novak’s desire to revive the species. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "Meet the Scientists Bringing Extinct Species Back From the Dead," 9 Oct. 2018 There's taxidermy on the walls, warm wood-and-tweed banquettes, soft lighting, and vintage touches. Antonio Basada, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Best Bars in Chicago," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of taxidermy

1820, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for taxidermy

tax- + derm- + -y entry 2

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taxidermy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of taxidermy

: 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

taxidermy

noun
taxi·​der·​my | \ ˈtak-sə-ˌdər-mē How to pronounce taxidermy (audio) \

Kids Definition of taxidermy

: the practice or job of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of animals

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