• WordNet 3.6
    • v molt cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers "our dog sheds every Spring"
    • n molt periodic shedding of the cuticle in arthropods or the outer skin in reptiles
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Molt imp. of Melt.
    • n Molt The act or process of changing the feathers, hair, skin, etc.; molting.
    • v. t Molt To cast, as the hair, skin, feathers, or the like; to shed.
    • v. i Molt To shed or cast the hair, feathers, skin, horns, or the like, as an animal or a bird.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • molt An obsolete preterit of melt.
    • molt To shed or cast, as feathers, hair, or skin; slough off: often used figuratively.
    • molt To cast or shed feathers, hair, skin, or the like; undergo or accomplish a molt; exuviate; mew. See the noun.
    • molt To be about to be cast off or shed, as plumage.
    • n molt The act or process of shedding or casting any tegumentary, cuticular, or exoskeletal structures or appendages, as feathers, hair, skin, nails, horns, hoofs, claws, or shell; ecdysis; exuviation. The surface of the body of most animals, outside of the parts which are vascular or supplied with blood, is worn away by friction, attrition, or other mechanical means. This process may be slight and gradual or continuous, as in the case of man, where it results in scarfskin and dandruff; or it may be periodical and very extensive, affecting the whole cuticle or its appendages. Mammals shed their hair usually once a year. Birds molt their feathers usually at least once, often twice, sometimes thrice a year, the last two cases constituting the double and the triple molt. Both these classes of animals, in some cases, molt cuticular substances in mass. Thus, the American antelope sheds the sheath of the horn; lemmings and ptarmigans drop their claws; some birds of the auk family shed the horny parts of the beak; snakes cast their cuticle whole, even to the layer over the eyeball; crustaceans slough the whole shell; and numberless other invertebrates have a proper molt of similar or analogous character.
    • n molt The period or time of molting.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. mouten, L. mutare,. See Mew to molt, and cf. Mute (v. t.)


In literature:

They were in a mottled plumage indicating extensive molt and feather growth.
"Birds from North Borneo" by Max C. Thompson
Mes de pitie plore et sopire Li uns et li autres molt fort.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
In two specimens, small patches of molt preceded the general molt line.
"Mammals of Northwestern South Dakota" by Kenneth W. Andersen
These molt on the sixteenth day to form an octopod nymph, which molts again the twenty-first day.
"Handbook of Medical Entomology" by William Albert Riley
Four molted primary feathers of the adults were found.
"Birds Found on the Arctic Slope of Northern Alaska" by James W. Bee
This coat remains until the following summer or fall, when it is molted and replaced by a new one.
"Our Domestic Birds" by John H. Robinson
Discuss the process and the advantages and disadvantages of molting, as seen in the crustacea.
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
Molt progresses through summer and by late August the new coat is complete (Stuewer, 1942).
"Metabolic Adaptation to Climate and Distribution of the Raccoon Procyon Lotor and Other Procyonidae" by John N. Mugaas
Unless otherwise indicated, specimens taken were not molting.
"Summer Birds From the Yucatan Peninsula" by Erwin E. Klaas
Cagle noted decreasing distinctness of growth-rings after each molt.
"Natural History of the Ornate Box Turtle, Terrapene ornata ornata Agassiz" by John M. Legler
The Spanish cormorants pursued me in such a manner that they set me molting in a terrible way.
"The History of the Nineteenth Century in Caricature" by Arthur Bartlett Maurice
It is especially recommended for use during the molting season.
"Profitable Squab Breeding" by Carl Dare
The males at this period among most Ducks deserting their mate to undergo the partial molt before mentioned.
"Color Key to North American Birds" by Frank M. Chapman
Of the subadults showing no signs of molting, none was above the mean age of molting.
"A Population Study of the Prairie Vole (Microtus ochrogaster) in Northeastern Kansas" by Edwin P. Martin
In the last years of Elizabeth, Puritanism was molting, not dying.
"The Beginners of a Nation" by Edward Eggleston
Molted skin of the skinks themselves seemed to be little altered by the digestive processes.
"Life History and Ecology of the Five-lined Skink, Eumeces fasciatus" by Henry S. Fitch
Immediately after molting or shedding of the outer shell in order to grow larger, crabs are greatly desired by man as an article of food.
"A Civic Biology" by George William Hunter
Subsequent molts consist of a complete postnuptial molt in July and August, and a partial prenuptial molt in early spring.
"Life Histories of North American Wood Warblers Part One and Part Two" by Arthur Bent
Individual variation in the color of the pelage of animals that are in the same stage of molt or non-molt is by my observation slight.
"North American Jumping Mice (Genus Zapus)" by Philip H. Krutzsch
The molting is an interesting process, and can be readily observed.
"Elementary Zoology, Second Edition" by Vernon L. Kellogg

In poetry:

Time shall molt away his wings
Ere he shall discover
In such whole wide world again
Such a constant lover.
"The Constant Lover" by John Suckling
The molts are tongueless that sang from above the water
Of golgotha at the tip of a reed,
And how a god flimsy as a baby's finger
Shall unhusk himself and steer into the air.
"Flute Notes From A Reedy Pond" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

KSU's Molt wins 2012 IFMA Gold Plate .
KSU's Molt wins 2012 IFMA Gold Plate.
A passerby said he thought it was a molt.
This caterpillar has just molted, as seen by the pale head and discarded shed skin behind it.
Molts often wind up washed on shore.
Molting is a critical part of birds' lives and is a complicated process that takes time and energy.
Under hypoxic conditions, the caterpillars molted at body sizes well below the critical weight.
What determines when a bird molts .
What happened was Buffy had abruptly started to molt .
Usually chickens molt in the autumn in response to shortening day-length.
An elephant seal showed up on the beach recently at Gearhart, north of Seaside, hitting the sand because it was molting .
The good fortune began when Suzanne Molt and Kathy Endres, who knew each other through the Tacoma Chamber of Commerce, realized they weren't just pregnant at the same time but that their due dates were the same.
Molting makes some birds resemble a different species from one season to the next.
Timing is everything, and here in the Lowcountry, these spring months are the time to snag soft-shell crab when the blue crabs are molting.
Not many people can say they have an award named for them in their industry while they are still active in it, but Mary Molt can.