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[mohlt] /moʊlt/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), noun, British
molt. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for moult
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for moult


(of birds, mammals, reptiles, and arthropods) to shed (feathers, hair, skin, or cuticle)
the periodic process of moulting See also ecdysis
Derived Forms
moulter, (US) molter, noun
Word Origin
C14 mouten, from Old English mūtian, as in bimūtian to exchange for, from Latin mūtāre to change
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see molt.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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