The Komodo dragon was the driving factor for an expedition to Komodo Island by W. Douglas Burden in 1926. After returning with 12 preserved specimens and 2 live ones, this expedition provided the inspiration for the 1933 movie King Kong.

Does it means "died Komodo dragons"?


The (dead) specimens were pickled (probably in formaldehyde).

Similar to 1.4 here except it is not food, but a scientific sample:


The preservation processes differ, of course. But it means to "treat something chemically to prevent spoilage".

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  • +1 I think the last sentence is intended to convey that it might not have specifically been formaldehyde, but any of many possible chemicals, or a non-chemical technique. Formaldehyde is just an example. (If not, I just said it.) – Jay Oct 9 '14 at 13:13
  • I'll add probably :-) – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 9 '14 at 13:32

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