American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. Chiefly British Variant of molt.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The process of shedding or losing a covering of fur, feathers or skin etc.
- v. intransitive To shed or lose a covering of fur, feathers or skin etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. See molt.
- n. periodic shedding of the cuticle in arthropods or the outer skin in reptiles
- v. cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers
“When most birds moult it is for a period of several months, but these ducks have a partial fall moult which is of the greatest importance to them.”
“moult" or shed their shells eight times in their first twelvemonth of life, as the shell is rigid and does not grow with the body.”
“The birds concentrate the carotenoids that they obtain from their diet and deposit these pigments into their feathers when they moult.”
“Behold, as they approach the southern mid-winter of the Horn, when they have need of all their feathers, they proceed to moult, because, forsooth, this is the summer time in the land they came from.”
“It was now possible to study how ancient animals grew to maturity, moult by moult.”
“There would be no incentive to migrate, or to breed at any particular time of the year rather than any other, or to shed leaves or to moult or hibernate.”
“He will ride her for days, waiting for her to moult.”
“They moult only twice, and they never get the call to wander off their plant.”
“TV wildlife expert Chris Packham believes Pete will moult and lose his purple fur in time for spring.”
“She's the leader of the flock, and looking a bit smaller than the others because she's just finished her moult.”
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