V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to periodically lose or shed an outer covering of skin, hair, or feathers

Synonyms: shed

Antonyms: grow

Tips: The word molt comes from the Latin word mutare, which means "to change." (This is also the origin or the word mutate.) Molt can also be a noun that refers to the act of shedding skin or feathers, as well as the material that is shed.

Usage Examples:

The young bird's baby feathers molted as its adult feathers grew in. (shed)

The deer's winter fur molted in preparation for summer. (shed)

The covering on the moose's antlers periodically molts. (sheds)

My dead skin was molting from being overexposed to the sun. (shedding)

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