Definition of taxidermy in English:



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

    • ‘Besides badminton, sister pursuits of poetry composition today might include butterfly collecting, taxidermy, face painting and spelunking.’
    • ‘The gamekeeper, Stephane - played by Denis Lavant - is interested in trapping and taxidermy.’
    • ‘It is not known whether John Gould was instructed in taxidermy or self-taught, but his earliest bird specimens showed great skill in preparation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The process of taxidermy sees the skin of an animal removed, preserved and arranged around a model of the original body.’
    • ‘But, thanks to Heaney's artistic taxidermy, the story and all it symbolizes will endure well into the new millennium.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Gould saw an opportunity and demonstrated an immediate aptitude for the art of taxidermy.’
    • ‘A Case of Curiosities is devoted to the art of taxidermy, decorative, restorative and anthropomorphic.’
    • ‘For the animal parts, she worked from taxidermy specimens.’
    • ‘There will also be a show of local crafts including fretwork, crystal glass, embroidery, dancing costumes, place mats, potted plants, flowers, and taxidermy.’
    • ‘That direction converges at the New York Museum of Natural History where dioramas and taxidermy reconfigure notions of exhibition, eugenics and conservation.’
    • ‘Not long ago, she began photographing the Peabody Museum's taxidermy collection.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Others have no stomach for killing, and practise taxidermy merely as an art.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Scriver's success in sculpting animal forms for his taxidermy work encouraged the artist to pursue more traditional forms of sculpture.’
    • ‘We do taxidermy, which means we arrange skin; we try to put the appearance of life back into what was destroyed in the hunt.’
    • ‘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?’’
    • ‘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.’


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