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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Scientists turned a taxidermy bird into a robot on wheels, all for the sake of research. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Made a Taxidermy Bird Robot for Research," 9 June 2018 This and the heavy use of taxidermy in the décor is a clue that the house’s summer occupant must be an avid outdoor sportsman, the sort of person likely to have a gun in the home. Rena Gross, Billboard, "11 Highlights -- Including Oprah -- From 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 11 'Holly'," 27 June 2018 Director Patty Jenkins shared a photo of Wiig surrounded by taxidermy in what appears to be a natural history museum. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "First look: Kristen Wiig doesn't yet seem Cheetah-like in photo from 'Wonder Woman' sequel," 27 June 2018 The restaurant and bar, decorated with Texas flags, taxidermy and vintage signs in Japanese, is as much of a mashup as the food and drink. Brett Anderson, New York Times, "Tokyo in Texas: Distinctive Japanese Food Is Thriving in Austin," 30 Apr. 2018 The following investigation included two mammal experts and a taxidermy specialist from the museum as well as a South American mammals expert and anteater researcher. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Contest Judges Rule Wildlife Photography Winner Used Taxidermic Creature," 30 Apr. 2018 Schmitz’s taxidermy pieces include crocodiles, cheetahs and bears – all now extinct here. Shira Rubin, USA TODAY, "The Middle East's first natural history museum is designed like Noah's Ark," 29 June 2018 Larry Page's flying car project suddenly seems rather real Why scientists turned this taxidermy bird into a robot Hungry for even more deep-dives on your next favorite topic? Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Startup Working on Contentious Pentagon AI Project Was Hacked," 12 June 2018 Aside from getting male grouse’s attention on taxidermy bird girlfriends, Patricelli’s study may help scientists understand where the birds can be most comfortable, and help future human managers create laws that will let the birds roam undisturbed. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Made a Taxidermy Bird Robot for Research," 9 June 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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