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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]
References in periodicals archive ?
The present study assumes that each molt and feather character is independent.
(1983) recorded spring molt in late May and an indistinct second molt in late summer and early autumn for S.
However, molt increment was not significantly different in any treatment and the time to molt was only significantly different in molt 3 for the small cage size between the intermediate and low ration (Tukey's HSD P < 0.05).
The samples were categorized into the following molt stages: pre-solo, -17 to -8 days, and -6 to -1 days (premolt); 2 to 5 days, 6 to 8 days, and 9 to 12 days (postmolt); and post-solo.
We located specimens of 1 complete and 1 apparently incomplete family group collected in July 1920 and July 1948, which supplemented information on wing molt of chick-rearing Ancient Murrelets.
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.
Animals that have undergone the third molt have ovaries with only pre-vitellogenic oocytes.
The average duration of the molt period was 52.6 [+ or -] 8.0 days (n = 7; Table 2).
We scored birds undergoing active molt of flight feathers (including primary, secondary, or both) and birds undergoing molt of body feathers as absent, trace, light, medium, or heavy.
An individual scorpion may accumulate a number of molts over its lifetime; these molts may not be distinguished easily from carcasses, especially after becoming fossils, thereby complicating interpretation of the scorpion fossil record.
The experiment lasted 12 weeks (Four weeks for the molt period and 8 weeks for the post molt lay period).