prealternate molt

[ pree-awl-ter-nit ]
/ priˈɔl tər nɪt /

noun Ornithology.

the molt by which many birds replace only some and rarely all of the feathers assumed at the prebasic molt, usually occurring prior to breeding.

Nearby words

  1. preadult,
  2. preagonal,
  3. preakness,
  4. preallotment,
  5. prealtar,
  6. preamble,
  7. preamble to the constitution,
  8. preamp,
  9. preamplifier,
  10. preanesthetic

Origin of prealternate molt


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