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    a stuffed bear vs a taxidermal bear specimen

    According to my dictionaries, the term "stuffed bear" has double meanings: a toy bear and a dead bear taxidermized for exhibition.
    I wonder whether the following sentence is ambiguous.

    "Please don't remove the stuffed bear, which is currently on exhibition at this museum."

    Should I replace "the stuffed bear" with "the taxidermal bear specimen"? If my phrasing is incorrect, please correct me, thank you.

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    Re: a stuffed bear vs a taxidermal bear specimen

    I imagine that you could look at the bear and tell if it is a toy bear or a real (dead) bear. So, no, I don't think you would need to change the sentence.


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    Re: a stuffed bear vs a taxidermal bear specimen

    I would stick with "Please don't remove the stuffed bear, which is currently on exhibition at this museum."

    The context makes it clear that you're not referring to a toy bear.

    Whilst the adjective taxidermal and the verb taxidermize can be found in a few dictionaries, their use is very rare and should be avoided except in strictly specialised contexts.

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    Re: a stuffed bear vs a taxidermal bear specimen

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    Should I replace "the stuffed bear" with "the taxidermal bear specimen"?
    Definitely not.

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