Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Greek and Latin Roots of English: Taxidermy

According to the Merrian -Webster dictionary, taxidermy means "the art of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of animals and especially vertebrates". In the picture we can see an "example" of taxidermy.

According to the Etymology Diccionary taxidermy comes from Greek taxis "arrangement" , from tassein "arrange" and derma "skin".

Chemotaxis, taxonomy and ataxia are words with the same root taxis. Epidermis, echinoderm and scleroderma are words with the same root derma.


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