If you're a fan of taxidermy, you like real stuffed animals — animal skins specially prepared and mounted to look like they're alive.

Some natural history museums are full of well-done taxidermy, real animals that have been mounted after death, treated to preserve them and posed to appear lifelike. The word taxidermy was first used in 1820, from the Greek words taxis, "arrangement," and derma, "skin." In other words, the slightly gruesome meaning of taxidermy is "an arrangement of skin."

Definitions of taxidermy
  1. noun
    the art of mounting the skins of animals so that they have lifelike appearance
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    type of:
    art, artistry, prowess
    a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation
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