- (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 molting
BORN THIS WEEK Natalie Portman (June 9, 1981) The molting one herself is a Gemini ruled by winged Mercury.Horoscopes for June 5-11, 2011
Starsky + Cox
June 4, 2011
Exuviation: the act of molting: the cast-off skin or exuvium.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
By far the greater number of birds are caught during the molting season.The Central Eskimo
Get the eggs; watch the hatching, the molting, the transformations.
The molting is an interesting process, and can be readily observed.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition
Vernon L. Kellogg
In the last years of Elizabeth, Puritanism was molting, not dying.The Beginners of a Nation
- the usual US spelling of moult
Word Origin and History for molting
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.