Definition of taxidermy in English:



  • [mass noun] The art of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of animals with lifelike effect.

    • ‘At McCallie Military School he practised amateur taxidermy and grew lawn grass in his bedroom; he was expelled from Brown University after being caught with a woman in his rooms.’
    • ‘She once explained her passion for taxidermy by saying: ‘You get an animal that's blasted and shot up, and you think, how on earth am I going to fix this?’’
    • ‘Back in the 1800's, Mr. Potter (I'n hoping he's not relation to Beatrix because that would be way too creepy) took taxidermy to a new level.’
    • ‘Not long ago, she began photographing the Peabody Museum's taxidermy collection.’
    • ‘That direction converges at the New York Museum of Natural History where dioramas and taxidermy reconfigure notions of exhibition, eugenics and conservation.’
    • ‘It is not known whether John Gould was instructed in taxidermy or self-taught, but his earliest bird specimens showed great skill in preparation.’
    • ‘But, thanks to Heaney's artistic taxidermy, the story and all it symbolizes will endure well into the new millennium.’
    • ‘A Case of Curiosities is devoted to the art of taxidermy, decorative, restorative and anthropomorphic.’
    • ‘Among other works evocative of a colonial place and time was Paris-based Huang Yong Ping's taxidermy representation of an event involving a hunting elephant besieged by an enraged tiger.’
    • ‘Besides badminton, sister pursuits of poetry composition today might include butterfly collecting, taxidermy, face painting and spelunking.’
    • ‘Others have no stomach for killing, and practise taxidermy merely as an art.’
    • ‘Gould saw an opportunity and demonstrated an immediate aptitude for the art of taxidermy.’
    • ‘Rather than ridicule taxidermy as barbaric or bizarre, Abecassis wisely chooses to let her subjects reveal themselves through their fastidious work habits and aesthetic concerns.’
    • ‘Scriver's success in sculpting animal forms for his taxidermy work encouraged the artist to pursue more traditional forms of sculpture.’
    • ‘The gamekeeper, Stephane - played by Denis Lavant - is interested in trapping and taxidermy.’
    • ‘For the animal parts, she worked from taxidermy specimens.’
    • ‘We do taxidermy, which means we arrange skin; we try to put the appearance of life back into what was destroyed in the hunt.’
    • ‘Stuffing, inevitably, was something that Davis was pretty familiar with, for in what he quaintly refers to as his ‘downtime’, he likes nothing more than to pootle away at his taxidermy.’
    • ‘The process of taxidermy sees the skin of an animal removed, preserved and arranged around a model of the original body.’
    • ‘There will also be a show of local crafts including fretwork, crystal glass, embroidery, dancing costumes, place mats, potted plants, flowers, and taxidermy.’


Early 19th century: from Greek taxis arrangement + derma skin.