moult

Definitions

  • Dragon-fly moulting
    Dragon-fly moulting
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v moult cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers "our dog sheds every Spring"
    • n moult periodic shedding of the cuticle in arthropods or the outer skin in reptiles
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. & n Moult mōlt See Molt.
    • n Moult The act or process of changing the feathers, hair, skin, etc.; molting.
    • v. t Moult To cast, as the hair, skin, feathers, or the like; to shed.
    • v. i Moult 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
    • n moult etc. See molt, etc.
    • moult Much; many.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Moult mōlt to change or cast the feathers, &c., as birds, &c
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. mouten, L. mutare,. See Mew to molt, and cf. Mute (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. mutāre, to change, with intrusive l.

Usage

In literature:

They were always moulting.
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
Then their wings moult, and the stumps are concealed behind their dress, which is like that of a man.
"Japanese Fairy World" by William Elliot Griffis
The number of moults is uncertain, but they are without doubt numerous.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
A woman wot ain't got money makes a man moult pretty quick.
"Bindle" by Herbert Jenkins
The cause of this apathy was soon explained; he was just over a season of moulting, or changing his skin!
"Old Farm Fairies:" by Henry Christopher McCook
Then the skin splits, and the last moult of the caterpillar commences.
"Butterflies and Moths" by William S. Furneaux
The plumes of Empire moult, in mourning draped, The lightning's message by our tears is shaped.
"The Life and Public Services of James A. Garfield" by Emma Elizabeth Brown
This bird moults twice a year.
"An Australian Bird Book" by John Albert Leach
Madame's moulted plumage was hung upon the back of the outer and only door.
"She Buildeth Her House" by Will Comfort
Strictly analogous cases occur during the successive moults of certain male crustaceans.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Vol. I (1st edition)" by Charles Darwin
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In poetry:

Time shall moult away his wings,
Ere he shall discover
In the whole wide world again
Such a constant lover.
"The Siege" by John Suckling
My youth was my old age,
Weary and long;
It had too many cares
To think of song;
My moulting days all came
When I was young.
"My Youth" by William H Davies
For there I picked up on the heather
And there I put inside my breast
A moulted feather, an eagle-feather!
Well, I forget the rest.
"Memorabilia" by Robert Browning
Shoo it down out of the empyrean
Of the all-seeing, all-fore-ordaining ideal.
Make it roost on bird-spattered, rocky Patmos
And let it moult there, among the stones of the bitter sea.
"St. John" by D H Lawrence
For the almighty eagle of the fore-ordaining Mind
Is looking rather shabby and island-bound these days:
Moulting, and rather naked about the rump, and down in
the beak,
Rather dirty, on dung-whitened Patmos.
"St. John" by D H Lawrence
To the green tissue of the subterranean
Worm I have come back, two-handed from
The chase, and empty. I have pondered it
Carefully, and asked: Where is the light
When the pigeon moults his ease
Or exile utters the creed of memory?
"Ignis Fatuus" by Allen Tate

In news:

Lobsters often change colour during their annual moulting, he said.
Tammy Moult / Cango Wildlife Ranch.
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In science:

Before being released back to the pen, the hen was weighed (±1g) and the post-nuptial moulting status of the plumage was determined by visual examination.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
Three scores were distinguished: no moult, body moult (feathers along side and flanks), moult of wing feathers.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
All statistical tests are two-tailed, and probability levels < 0.05 were considered as significant. RESULTS Timing of breeding and moulting and changes in body mass.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
All chicks fledged during week 9 post-hatching. For the earliest breeding female, moulting of body feathers began on 21th May and between 29th June and 7th July for the others.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
In all hens, this moult started before offspring fledged but in the three latest breeding females (hatching in June), it was initiated before the end of the parental care phase (Fig. 1).
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
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