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Noun1.moulting - periodic shedding of the cuticle in arthropods or the outer skin in reptilesmoulting - 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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Little John twanged his bowstring with a shout, and when the Sheriff dashed in through the gates of Nottingham Town at full speed, a gray goose shaft stuck out behind him like a moulting sparrow with one feather in its tail.
A Jay venturing into a yard where Peacocks used to walk, found there a number of feathers which had fallen from the Peacocks when they were moulting.
Yet here you bring me to a shred of a man, peaky and ill-nourished, with eyes like a moulting owl, who must needs, forsooth, take counsel with his mother ere he buckle sword to girdle.
It has always been my pride to lay a fresh egg every morning, except when I'm moulting.
Our moulting season, like that of the fowls, must be a crisis in our lives.
Dick murmured something about never wanting a friend or a bottle to give him, and also gasped forth his favourite allusion to the wing of friendship and its never moulting a feather; but his faculties appeared to be absorbed in the contemplation of Miss Sally Brass, at whom he stared with blank and rueful looks, which delighted the watchful dwarf beyond measure.
Q: MY pet rabbit Flash keeps moulting big chunks of fur when I clean her bedding out.
Metabolic responses to diurnal feeding patterns during the postbreeding, moulting and migratory periods in passerine birds.
The trust said blackbirds moult into new feathers at the end of a busy breeding season, and hide themselves away while doing so to avoid predators as they expend lots of energy moulting and are less manoeuvrable on the wing.