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molt

(mōlt),
To cast off feathers, hair, or cuticle; to undergo ecdysis.
See also: desquamate.
Synonym(s): moult
[L. muto, to change]

molt

(mōlt)
v. molted, molting, molts
v.intr.
To shed part or all of a coat or an outer covering, such as feathers, cuticle, or skin, which is then replaced by a new growth.
v.tr.
To shed or cast off (a bodily covering).
n.
1. The act or process of molting.
2. The material cast off during molting.

molt′er n.

molt

(mōlt)
To cast off feathers, hair, or cuticle; to undergo ecdysis.
[L. muto, to change]

molt

the physiological shedding of the integument, usually annual, and at the beginning of the breeding season, including the shedding of the skin by reptiles, of hair by many species, and of feathers by birds; the phenomenon is gradual, has severe metabolic overtones and leaves the bird flightless and off lay for several weeks. It is assumed to be related to hormonal changes related to changes in the length of daylight hours.
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We sampled primarily during the dry season from June to December; while this may initially appear seasonally limiting for assessing molt strategies, most antbirds at the BDFFP breed and molt in any month of the year (Johnson et al.
The linear mixed model is a generalization of the more familiar analysis of variance that allows for relaxation of 2 of its key assumptions: that the data points are all independent and that the variability within each of the experimental groups (here the molt, nonmolt, and postmolt groups) is equal.
We detected at least one individual of each species undergoing active molt with exception of the warbling vireo and black-headed grosbeak.
The scorpion molts used in this study were donated by arachnid hobbyists; live scorpions were purchased through a commercial supplier (www.
05) higher when measured on Day 7 compared to before molt indicating that fasting elevated this variable.
Unlike tag loss for lobsters that did not molt, tag loss at molting was not the result of the perforation of internal organs or a questionable tag insertion during tagging but was caused by the tag being firmly attached to the old thoraco-abdomincal membrane and being shed, still attached to the exuvia.
Mortality was high (56% male and 60% female) at the 63-ppb dose, with shrimp dying just before or during the molt.
We describe aspects of both a spring and autumnal molt in Spermophilus spilosoma, based on specimens from the collections of five institutions.
Prosecutor Carolyn Gardiner said: "The probability of it not coming from Jon Molt is one in a billion.
Lobsters continued to be checked daily for molt occurrences and were fed daily to satiation.
I could talk to you for four hours about Paul Harney," Molt said.