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- n. The act of exuviating.
- n. The exuviated coverings; exuviae.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The rejecting or casting off of some part, more particularly, the outer cuticular layer, as the shells of crustaceans, skins of snakes, etc.; molting; ecdysis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In zoology, the rejection or casting off of some part, as the deciduous teeth, the skin of serpents, the shells of crustaceans, etc.
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The most serious trial through which society can pass is encountered in the exuviation of its religious restraints.
Society, in all its developments, undergoes the process of exuviation.
I preserved this mutilated object with uncommon care, watching it almost incessantly day and night: expecting another exuviation which might be attended with interesting consequences, I felt much anxiety for its survivance.
These mutilations, however, are readily repaired; although, contrary to what was the common belief, the restoration takes place only at the next regular period of exuviation.
Previous to the change, the animal almost ceases to feed, and becomes rather inactive; the proper time having at length arrived, exuviation is effected in the course of a few hours, body and limbs being alike relieved from their hard covering.
About a month after this exuviation the animal perished accidentally, having been two years and eight months under examination.
In 102 days it underwent exuviation, when it appeared again, perfect as before, with a shell of snowy white, and a little red speckling on the limbs.
During every successive exuviation in this embryo state, they assume more and more of their perfect and established form.
This was the same animal, which had performed exuviation, and extricated itself from the old shell during the night.
After the defective shell had subsisted eighty-six days, its tenant meantime feeding readily, the desired event took place in a new exuviation on 23d June.
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