moult

[mohlt]
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), noun British.
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moult or molt (məʊlt)
 
vb
1.  (of birds, mammals, reptiles, and arthropods) to shed (feathers, hair, skin, or cuticle)
 
n
2.  See also ecdysis the periodic process of moulting
 
[C14 mouten, from Old English mūtian, as in bimūtian to exchange for, from Latin mūtāre to change]
 
molt or molt
 
vb
 
n
 
[C14 mouten, from Old English mūtian, as in bimūtian to exchange for, from Latin mūtāre to change]
 
'moulter or molt
 
n
 
'molter or molt
 
n

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moult
see molt.
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Endocrine changes were followed during the moult by blood sampling in one week intervals.
Before a moult, the snake stops eating and often hides or moves to a safe place.
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