[ 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.
an act, process, or an instance of molting.
something that is dropped in molting.
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Also especially British, moult .
Origin of molt
1300–50; earlier mout
(with intrusive -l-;
), Middle English mouten,
Old English -mūtian
to change (in bi-mūtian
to exchange for) <Latin mūtāre
to change; see mutate
OTHER WORDS FROM moltmolter, noun
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How to use molt in a sentence
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.
For example, the designation "4 P old" signifies that all primaries except the distal four have been molted.
The rope twisted and whipped in the air, and the result was a molted-looking, droop-tailed buzzard.
British Dictionary definitions for molt
the usual US spelling of moult
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Medical definitions for molt
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.
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Scientific definitions for molt
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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