One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The art of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of animals with lifelike effect.
- ‘The process of taxidermy sees the skin of an animal removed, preserved and arranged around a model of the original body.’
- ‘It is not known whether John Gould was instructed in taxidermy or self-taught, but his earliest bird specimens showed great skill in preparation.’
- ‘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?’’
- ‘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.’
- ‘We do taxidermy, which means we arrange skin; we try to put the appearance of life back into what was destroyed in the hunt.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Gould saw an opportunity and demonstrated an immediate aptitude for the art of taxidermy.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A Case of Curiosities is devoted to the art of taxidermy, decorative, restorative and anthropomorphic.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The gamekeeper, Stephane - played by Denis Lavant - is interested in trapping and taxidermy.’
- ‘Besides badminton, sister pursuits of poetry composition today might include butterfly collecting, taxidermy, face painting and spelunking.’
- ‘But, thanks to Heaney's artistic taxidermy, the story and all it symbolizes will endure well into the new millennium.’
- ‘Not long ago, she began photographing the Peabody Museum's taxidermy collection.’
- ‘Scriver's success in sculpting animal forms for his taxidermy work encouraged the artist to pursue more traditional forms of sculpture.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘That direction converges at the New York Museum of Natural History where dioramas and taxidermy reconfigure notions of exhibition, eugenics and conservation.’
Early 19th century: from Greek taxis ‘arrangement’ + derma ‘skin’.
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