- (of birds, insects, reptiles, etc.) to cast or shed the feathers, skin, or the like, that will be replaced by a new growth.
- to cast or shed (feathers, skin, etc.) in the process of renewal.
- an act, process, or an instance of molting.
- something that is dropped in molting.
Origin of molt
Examples from the Web for molted
They possess the curious habit of always devouring their molted skins.Handbook of Medical Entomology
William Albert Riley
This coat remains until the following summer or fall, when it is molted and replaced by a new one.
So valuable have these been considered that it has been a practice to pluck the live geese each year before they molted.
It is very desirable that they be kept alive until they have begun their web and have molted at least twice.
Cros also observed injured and recently molted nymphs of B. orientalis to be eaten by others of the same species.The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches
Louis M. Roth
- the usual US spelling of moult
Word Origin and History for molted
also moult, mid-14c., mouten, of feathers, "to be shed," from Old English *mutian "to change" (cf. bemutian "to exchange"), from Latin mutare "to change" (see mutable). Transitive sense, of birds, "to shed feathers" is first attested 1520s. With parasitic -l-, late 16c., on model of fault, etc. Related: Molted, moulted; molting, moulting. As a noun from 1815.
- To shed periodically part or all of a coat or an outer covering, such as feathers, cuticle, or skin, which is then replaced by a new growth.
- The act or process of molting.
- The material cast off during molting.
- To shed an outer covering, such as skin or feathers, for replacement by a new growth. Many snakes, birds, and arthropods molt.