Definition of Moult

1. Noun. Periodic shedding of the cuticle in arthropods or the outer skin in reptiles.

Exact synonyms: Ecdysis, Molt, Molting, Moulting
Generic synonyms: Shedding, Sloughing
Derivative terms: Molt, Molt

2. Verb. Cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers. "Our dog sheds every Spring"
Exact synonyms: Exuviate, Molt, Shed, Slough
Specialized synonyms: Desquamate, Peel Off
Generic synonyms: Cast, Cast Off, Drop, Shake Off, Shed, Throw, Throw Away, Throw Off
Derivative terms: Molt, Molter, Molting, Moulter, Moulting, Shedding, Slough, Sloughing

Definition of Moult

1. v. & n. See Molt.

Definition of Moult

1. Noun. The process of shedding or losing a covering of fur, feathers or skin etc. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To shed or lose a covering of fur, feathers or skin etc. ¹

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Definition of Moult

1. to molt [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: molt

Medical Definition of Moult

1. To shed or cast the hair, feathers, skin, horns, or the like, as an animal or a bird. Origin: OE. Mouten, L. Mutare. See Mew to molt, and cf. Mute] [The prevalent spelling is, perhaps, moult; but as the u has not been inserted in the otherwords of this class, as, bolt, colt, dolt, etc, it is desirable to complete the analogy by the spelling molt. To cast, as the hair, skin, feathers, or the like; to shed. The act or process of changing the feathers, hair, skin, etc.; molting. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Moult

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1900)
"SCIENCE. proof of moult in the shape of such feathers still in their sheaths, is furnished by a couple of birds in the collection of Mr. Wm. Palmer (No. ..."

2. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1900)
"There is, however, unquestionable evidence, that this moult takes place ... Lagopus alone is peculiar in having an extra or supplementary postnuptial moult. ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"Some of these " itle crabs had lost part of their limbs, but after a moult new limbs appeared of very diminutive size; after a second moult each new limb ..."

4. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1908)
"lengthened the interval before the next moult by eighteen percent. The longer the time intervening between a moult and the removal of appendages the longer ..."

5. The Canadian Entomologist by Entomological Society of Canada (1951- ), Entomological Society of Ontario (1883)
"To next moult 6 to 9 days. After Second moult.—Length from .34 to .4 inch : same shape; color yellow-green; same tuberculated lines; head shaped as before, ..."

6. The Butterflies of North Americaby William Henry Edwards by William Henry Edwards (1897)
"Philadelphia, where it passed its second moult, 25th August, ... On 20th, was feeding ; on 10th May, passed the third moult; on 26th May, the fourth moult. ..."

7. The Ibis by British Ornithologists' Union (1901)
"E. THE article by Mr. Bonhote, which appeared iu last year's volume of this Journal*, leads me to make some reply to his criticisms of my paper on " moult ..."

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