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Moult

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moult

To shed or cast the hair, feathers, skin, horns, or the like, as an animal or a bird.

Origin: OE. Mouten, L. Mutare. See Mew to molt, and cf. Mute] [The prevalent spelling is, perhaps, moult; but as the u has not been inserted in the otherwords of this class, as, bolt, colt, dolt, etc, it is desirable to complete the analogy by the spelling molt.

To cast, as the hair, skin, feathers, or the like; to shed.

The act or process of changing the feathers, hair, skin, etc.; molting.