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Definition of the noun moult

What does moult mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: moults

  1. periodic shedding of the cuticle in arthropods or the outer skin in reptiles

Alternative definition of the noun moult


  1. The process of shedding or losing a covering of fur, feathers or skin etc.

Definition of the verb moult

What does moult mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: moulted | moulting | moults

  1. cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers

Alternative definition of the verb moult


  1. [intransitive] To shed or lose a covering of fur, feathers or skin etc.


Moult is a commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region in northwestern France. The commune is situated about 16 kilometers from Caen on French Highway 13. It is in the valley of the Muance.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Moult

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Google previewCanaries - A Complete and Practical Guide to the Breeding, Exhibiting and General Management of These Popular Birds (2013)

by C. A. House

THE MOULT is a natural process ordained by Nature, and when birds are properly cared for it should not be the cause of any special anxiety to the owner. The process of throwing the feathers in a bird is very like the shedding of its leaves by a ...

Google previewUnderstanding Bird Behaviour (2015)

by Stephen Moss

The problem with even a partial moult is that during the intermediate stage when some feathers are old ones, and others new, the bird is at its least effective in terms of flight, keeping warm or attracting a mate. For this reason, almost all birds ...

Google previewConcise Butterfly and Moth Guide (2014)

by Bloomsbury

The final moult is the metamorphosis between caterpillar and chrysalis or pupa. The pupa has a harder outer skin than the larva and barely moves at all. However, inside, its tissues liquefy and it develops into the adult insect. The time for this ...

Google previewBarn Owls (2004)

Predator-Prey Relationships and Conservation by Iain Taylor

Moult is a major event in a bird's annual cycle and, like breeding, is usually undertaken at a particular time. It requires a significant increase in energy expenditure: most studies have estimated a value of 5-30% above resting level ( West 1968, ...

Google previewCalifornia Cultivator and Livestock and Dairy Journal (1903)

The moult is a strain on the vitality of any fowl. Besides maintaining the body, the food must furnish material for the new pulmage, and unless the food contains the required components in adequate quantity impairment When a fowl is in fine ...

Google previewPacific Fancier (1906)

An early moult is a quick one. A late moult is a slow one, caused by the fact that the atmospherical surroundings are not so favorable, and that as a consequence the moult is retarded, and very often unforeseen and undesirable complications ...

Google previewSylvia Warblers (2010)

Identification, taxonomy and phylogeny of the genus Sylvia by Andreas Helbig, Gabriel Gargallo, Hadoram Shirihai

More frequent than complete moult is the replacement of only some primaries; this has been noted in nearly all species wintering in the Palearctic, and is especially fre- quent in those inhabiting southern regions year-round. Cyprus Warbler ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica (1898)

a dictionary of arts, sciences, and general literature by Thomas Spencer Baynes

still continues to moult probably through its entire lifetime, even to extreme old age.1 In casting its shell a crab not only parts with every joint and plate of its limbs and carapace, of its long and slender antennas, its external eyes talks, the plates ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare (2010)

by D. S. Mills, Jeremy N. Marchant-Forde

After the moult, egg production will peak at a slightly lower level than before, but the eggs will be of a higher quality. Forced moulting is performed after the hens have had a year of egg production and when the numbers of eggs laid have ...

Google previewThe Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011)

by W. Rubinstein, Michael A. Jolles

MOULT,THOMAS (1893 –19 ...

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Scrabble value of M3O1U1L1T1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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