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molt

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verb \ˈmōlt\

Simple Definition of molt

  • biology : to lose a covering of hair, feathers, etc., and replace it with new growth in the same place

Full Definition of molt

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to shed hair, feathers, shell, horns, or an outer layer periodically

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to cast off (an outer covering) periodically; specifically :  to throw off (the old cuticle) —used of arthropods

molt·er noun

Examples of molt

  1. Snakes molt as they grow, shedding the old skin and growing a larger new skin.

  2. <a crab molts its shell as it grows larger>



Origin of molt

alteration of Middle English mouten, from Old English -mūtian to change, from Latin mutare — more at mutable


First Known Use: 15th century

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molt

noun

Definition of molt

  1. :  the act or process of molting; specifically :  ecdysis



1815

First Known Use of molt

1815

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MOLT Defined for Kids

molt

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verb \ˈmōlt\

Definition of molt

molt·edmolt·ing

  1. :  to shed outer material (as hair, shell, or horns) that will be replaced by a new growth





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