taxi·​der·​my | \ ˈtak-sə-ˌdər-mē \

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 \ adjective
taxidermist \ ˈtak-​sə-​ˌdər-​mist \ noun

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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 The house's eclectic décor, like a gramophone, old portraits, chandeliers, copper pots and taxidermy decking the walls made the sparkly New Years Eve-themed clocks, party hats and balloons feel inspired and inviting. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Coolest Wedding of the Year: Ann Brady & Scott Kelce's New Year's Celebration," 30 Dec. 2016 The piano appears to be in the same spot, along with her iconic year-round Christmas tree, blue doors, cozy recliners, noteworthy fireplace, and the taxidermy on the walls. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Billie Lourd Filmed The Sweetest Tribute Song For Carrie Fisher In Her Mother's Old Home," 27 Dec. 2018 Matt Dillon stars as a serial killer named Jack, and the film chronicles five of Jack’s most pivotal killings — which involve the gruesome dismemberment of children and a scene that can only be described as misogynistic human taxidermy. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Critics called Lars von Trier’s new movie “repulsive.” It’s being released twice.," 6 Dec. 2018 Before opening on November 9, Filson completed the vision by filling the space with canoes, couches, taxidermy, boots, bags, and jackets. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How Filson Moved a 161-Year-Old Barn into NYC," 15 Nov. 2018 Famous for its taxidermy and pedagogical charts, Deyrolle is never too far from sight on the estate; its iconic educational posters hang throughout the property and are on sale in the shop, too. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "How a French Prince Is Saving the World From Tasteless Tomatoes," 17 Sep. 2018 Later, splurge on dinner at Saddle Peak Lodge, where the menu spotlights wild game, and diners eat surrounded by dusty old books and taxidermy. Rico Gagliano, WSJ, "3 Quick Escapes From Los Angeles," 1 Aug. 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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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


taxi·​der·​my | \ ˈtak-sə-ˌdər-mē \

Kids Definition of taxidermy

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

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