molt


molt
molt [mōlt]
vi.
[ME mouten (with unhistoric -l- after FAULT, in which the letter was orig. silent) < OE (be)mutian, to exchange < L mutare, to change: see MUTATE]
to cast off or shed the exoskeleton, hair, outer skin, horns, or feathers at certain intervals, prior to replacement of the castoff parts by a new growth: said of reptiles, birds, insects, etc.
vt.
to replace by molting
n.
1. the act or process of molting
2. the parts so shed
molter
n.

English World dictionary. . 2014.