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v. molt·ed, molt·ing, molts
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.
To shed or cast off (a bodily covering).
1. The act or process of molting.
2. The material cast off during molting.

[Alteration of Middle English mouten, from Old English -mūtian (in bemūtian, to exchange for), from Latin mūtāre, to change; see mei- in Indo-European roots.]

molt′er n.
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Noun1.molting - periodic shedding of the cuticle in arthropods or the outer skin in reptilesmolting - periodic shedding of the cuticle in arthropods or the outer skin in reptiles
shedding, sloughing - the process whereby something is shed
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The pier was crowded with carriages and men; passengers were arriving and hurrying on board; the vessel's decks were encumbered with trunks and valises; groups of excursionists, arrayed in unattractive traveling costumes, were moping about in a drizzling rain and looking as droopy and woebegone as so many molting chickens.
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This frequently results in premigration concentrations of many species of waterfowl south of the breeding areas, where juvenile maturation and adult molting take place before the main southward migration in the autumn.
This dimer binds to specific DNA response elements in the genes that code for the enzymes responsible for exoskeleton degradation such as chitobiase that are regulated by the molting hormones (Zou 2005).
During the molting process, even the outermost layer of skin covering the eyes will peel off.
A rare gene in a small number of species causes the skin to change colour during molting, but because this makes the creatures so conspicuous, few survive.
Aquarium observations suggest that streamer tag loss, either through tag-induced mortality or tag shedding, is related to the molt stage of the lobster at the time of tagging, and the molting event itself.
During the summer, lobsters shed their shells, molting to grow into new and larger ones.
The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of long-term pyrene exposure on molting and reproduction in the model estuarine invertebrate, the grass shrimp (Palaemonetes pugio).
Color differences between summer and winter pelages in molting individuals usually was negligible and, given poorly defined molt lines, molt often was inconspicuous.
Additionally, our understanding of movements by songbirds off breeding territories to molting areas has only been thoroughly addressed, to our knowledge, by three studies (Vega Rivera et al.
After molting, the lobsters were fed the AXT diet, which introduced the pigment astaxanthin to the lobsters and initiated color changes in the shell.