Definitions

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

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

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

Etymologies

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Examples

  • 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.

    CHAPTER XXXI

  • 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.

    THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH

  • 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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