from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Chiefly British Variant of molt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The process of shedding or losing a covering of fur, feathers or skin etc.
  • v. To shed or lose a covering of fur, feathers or skin etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. See molt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Much; many.
  • n. etc. See molt, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. periodic shedding of the cuticle in arthropods or the outer skin in reptiles
  • v. cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers


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  • 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.

    The Log of the Sun A Chronicle of Nature's Year

  • "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 Naturalist on the Thames

  • The birds concentrate the carotenoids that they obtain from their diet and deposit these pigments into their feathers when they moult.

    Mystery bird: scarlet ibis, Eudocimus ruber

  • 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.

    Harry Whittington obituary

  • 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.

    Parasite Rex

  • They moult only twice, and they never get the call to wander off their plant.

    Parasite Rex

  • TV wildlife expert Chris Packham believes Pete will moult and lose his purple fur in time for spring.

    Nice Dye Job!

  • She's the leader of the flock, and looking a bit smaller than the others because she's just finished her moult.

    10 leftovers my hens love to eat

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