1(Of an animal) shed old feathers, hair, or skin, or an old shell, to make way for a new growth: the adult birds were already molting into their winter shades of gray [with object]: the snake molts its skin
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- The scales are shed individually, so crocodilians do not molt (shed their skin all at once) like snakes do.
- Also, hermit crabs commonly kept as pets molt and shed their exoskeleton.
- This biasing factor is unique to organisms that molt or shed their skin during growth.
A loss of plumage, skin, or hair, especially as a regular feature of an animal’s life cycle.
- Another subunit appears about the time of metamorphosis to first juvenile instar, and expression of a sixth subunit begins four or five molts later.
- The first smaller pulse induces switchover from larval to pupal commitment, and the second much larger pulse induces the pupal molt.
- While all feathers wear, they are replaced regularly by the molt processes.
Middle English moute, from an Old English verb based on Latin mutare 'to change'. For the intrusive -l-, compare with words such as fault.
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