molt

[ mohlt ]
/ moʊlt /

verb (used without object)

(of birds, insects, reptiles, etc.) to cast or shed the feathers, skin, or the like, that will be replaced by a new growth.

verb (used with object)

to cast or shed (feathers, skin, etc.) in the process of renewal.

noun

an act, process, or an instance of molting.
something that is dropped in molting.
Also especially British, moult.

Origin of molt

1300–50; earlier mout (with intrusive -l-; cf. fault, assault), Middle English mouten, Old English -mūtian to change (in bi-mūtian to exchange for) < Latin mūtāre to change; see mutate

OTHER WORDS FROM molt

molt·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for molt

molt
/ (məʊlt) /

verb, noun

the usual US spelling of moult
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Medicine definitions for molt

molt
[ mōlt ]

v.

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.

n.

The act or process of molting.
The material cast off during molting.
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Science definitions for molt

molt
[ mōlt ]

To shed an outer covering, such as skin or feathers, for replacement by a new growth. Many snakes, birds, and arthropods molt.
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