premolt

noun pre·molt \ ˌprē-ˈmōlt \
variants: or less commonly pre-molt

Definition of premolt

: the period before an animal molts its skin, exoskeleton, shell, etc.
  • Secretion of a crustacean's new exoskeleton begins during premolt while the animal is still stuffed inside the old one, filling available space to capacity.
  • —Mark W. Denny and Steven Dean Gaines

premolt

or less commonly pre-molt adjective
    • the premolt phase
    • premolt tarantulas

First Known Use of premolt

1947

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