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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.]
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