Molting
Molt Molt, Moult Moult, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Molted} or {Moulted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Molting} or {Moulting}.] [OE. mouten, L. mutare. See {Mew} to molt, and cf. {Mute}, v. t.] [The prevalent spelling is, perhaps, {moult}; but as the {u} has not been inserted in the otherwords of this class, as, bolt, colt, dolt, etc., it is desirable to complete the analogy by the spelling {molt}.] To shed or cast the hair, feathers, skin, horns, or the like, as an animal or a bird. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

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  • molting — n. The act or process by which an animal molts; especially, the periodic shedding of the cuticle in arthropods or the outer skin in reptiles, or feathers in birds. Syn: molt, moult, moulting, ecdysis. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • molting — molting. См. линька. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • molting — molting. = ecdysis (см.). (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • molting — Shedding or casting off of an animal s outer layer or covering and formation of its replacement. Regulated by hormones, molting occurs throughout the animal kingdom. It includes the shedding and replacement of horns, hair, skin, and feathers and… …   Universalium

  • molting — Periodic shedding of shell to permit an increase in size and/or change of form [Butler, T.H.] …   Crustacea glossary

  • molting — molt·ing (mōltґing) ecdysis …   Medical dictionary

  • molting — məʊlt n. periodical shedding (of horns, skins, feathers, etc.) to make way for new growth v. shed periodically (horn, skin, feathers, etc.) to make way for new growth …   English contemporary dictionary

  • molting — noun periodic shedding of the cuticle in arthropods or the outer skin in reptiles • Syn: ↑molt, ↑moult, ↑moulting, ↑ecdysis • Derivationally related forms: ↑moult (for: ↑moulting), ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Molting Search —    The process of shedding the coat. Molting occurs twice a year once in the spring and once in the fall …   Hunting glossary

  • molting fluid — 1. Often undetermined fluid that causes the loosening of the old cuticle. 2. (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) A fluid containing chitinase and proteinase that digests the unsclerotised cuticle (except the ecdysial membrane) …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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