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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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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. He tied them all to his tail and strutted down towards the Peacocks.
"It has always been my pride to lay a fresh egg every morning, except when I'm moulting. I never feel like having my morning cackle till the egg is properly laid, and without the chance to cackle I would not be happy."
Our moulting season, like that of the fowls, must be a crisis in our lives.
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.
However, it is the water-based birds that really take their time moulting. Ducks and grebes for instance, shed all their flight feather at once and so actually become totally incapable of flight for several weeks.
It is hard work and your spider's body will be very soft for about a week after moulting. Do not handle it in this period.
long-term acclimation to salinity and the effects of salinity on growth and moulting. J.
This study evaluated the effect of moulting on the productive and reproductive performance of Japanese quails.
As they do every year, the birds are currently moulting in the late summer heat - causing more than one bad hair day!
But many have extended moulting periods, and this is not unusual if your dog has been neutered.
The smell of moulting: A'-acetylglucosamino-l,5-lactone is a premoult biomarker and candidate component of the courtship pheromone in the urine of the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus.
Lime powder was dusted on silkworm before settling for moult so as to keep the bed dry and facilitate easy moulting in each moult a bed disinfection with Vijetha was practiced.