To shed or cast the hair, feathers, skin, horns, or the like, as an animal or a bird.
To cast, as the hair, skin, feathers, or the like; to shed.
The act or process of changing the feathers, hair, skin, etc.; molting.
To shed or cast off hair, feathers, shell, horns, or an outer layer of skin (insects or snakes) in a process of growth or periodic renewal. The cast-off parts are replaced by new growth.
to shed an outer covering, whether it's hair, skin, horns, feathers, or a shell. Native species: a species of plant or animal that evolved in a given habitat naturally, not through cultivation or disturbance.
A process that involves the building of a new exoskeleton and the casting off of the old exoskeleton.
To shed the exoskeleton, and any associated cuticular linings during ecdysis in arthropods. Also, as a noun, refers to the shed skin (exoskeleton) or exuvia.
To cast off the outgrown skin or cuticle in the process of insect development; changing from one instar to the next. Fin. Swe.
to periodically shed hair, feathers, outer skin, or horns with the cast off parts being replaced by newly grown replacements.
The shedding of old, smaller skin by a caterpillar which allows it to increase in size with the new larger skin.
Renewal of plumage in birds, which usually occurs once a year. Cranes molt in midsummer, after the breeding season.
to shed a layer of feathers or skin. Ladybug larvae shed their exoskeleton (outer covering) at least three times before they pupate.
the same as ecdysis: when a tarantula sheds its exoskeleton in order to grow. They usually lie on their backs to do this.
vb : to shed hair, feathers, outer skin, or horns with the cast-off parts being replaced by a new growth
the process of shedding the integument
the process of replacing the skin with a new skin; shedding.
Periodic shedding of feathers, which are subsequently replaced by new ones.
To shed old feathers or hairs so that new ones can grow. Birds molt every year; so do elephant seals.
molt Var. of Moult
To shed the exoskeleton (outer covering)or prior to new growth (i.e. blue crab).
periodic shedding of the exoskeleton as the organism grows.
To shed the outer layer. Usually used in reference to arthropods (insects and related organisms) shedding their exoskeleton.
the process of shedding the exoskeleton.
periodic shedding of the cuticle in arthropods or the outer skin in reptiles
cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers; "out dog sheds every Spring"
To shed the skin in order to grow.
each time exuviae is shed; permits additional growth.
To shed an outer covering such as feathers, cuticle, or skin, which is replaced periodically by new growth
Molting is the normal process by which a bird replaces its feathers. Broken and worn feathers cannot be repaired so a bird will systematically drop feathers and replace them with new ones. Most birds molt annually, though there is some difference between species. Frequency of molt can also be affected by age, seasonal changes, hours of daylight and breeding activity. Though there is some difference between species, most birds drop a few feathers at a time and then grow replacement feathers using the same feather follicle. This process allows the bird to maintain their ability to fly during the molt. Even so, the process is taxing and most species become subdued and a bit lethargic.
the periodical shedding and replacing of feathers.
to shed the old carapace before forming a new one.
to shed old, worn feathers
To shed the hard, protective outer covering; the covering left behind after an organism, such as the crab, shrimp or barnacle, sheds it in order to grow.
To shed a coat (fur), feathers or skin. In the Summer, mammals molt their winter coats. Birds often molt old feathers for new ones. Insect larvae and crayfish molt their exoskeletons (outer skin or shell) for newer, larger ones.
A process during which hens stop laying and shed their feathers, occurring naturally every 12 months. May be artificially induced by withholding feed or water for a period of time. Forced molting is done to improve egg production.
To shed the old skin or cuticle to reveal the new, larger one below.
the process in which an immature insect casts its skin in order to grow. A new skin (which develops under the old skin) is a larger size.
Periodic shedding of outer skin in reptiles or feathers in birds, which are then replaced by new growth.
To lose feathers and then replace them. In Hummingbirds molting of the wing and tail feathers normally occurs on the wintering grounds. Some young (Hatch Year) males may begin to molt their white juvenal throat feathers in early fall before they migrate south; by the next spring those Second Year males that return will all have a complete set of colored throat feathers.
The process in which a crustacean sheds its hard outer shell in order to grow.
each time exuviae is shed; larval growth can take place only when larva is briefly soft at this time
The process by which a bird renews all or a part of its plumage, including the growth of new feathers as well as the loss of old. Purple Martins undergo a complete molt of their entire plumage once a year. Martin molt begins in late summer while they are still at their colony sites and is slowed or completely arrested during the southward migration. It is continued in earnest while on the wintering grounds.
To shed an exoskeleton; this process is necessary to allow for growth
When feathers get renewed. Old feathers fall out, new feathers grow in. Usually happens in autumn, usually begins at 1.5 years old and then annually thereafter. All the birdâ€™s energy goes into renewing feathers, so egg-laying stops. Can last 2 months.
The shedding of the exoskeleton ("skin") of a caterpillar allowing for growth. Caterpillars experience several molts before pupating.
In the insect world, the process of shedding the external skeleton for a new one. Nymphs may molt many times before adulthood, each stage is called an instar.
The act of shedding or changing fur.
Molting is the periodic shedding of an outer covering, such as feathers or skin, for replacement by new growth.
As the gypsy moth caterpillar grows, it sheds the outer covering, called molting, at the end of each instar. Gypsy moth caterpillars generally molt five times before they reach their full length.
The process of shedding the fur, or the skin and the fur, to be replaced by a new set.
to shed worn feathers and replace with new ones Geese are unable to fly for a short period each summer when they molt their flight feathers.
the process of shedding the outer layer of skin
Shedding of dead fur (also spelt moult)
the process of growing a new cuticle and shedding the old one. This defines the transition from one larval stage to another or to adulthood.
the shedding of feathers by a bird.
Shedding of old exoskeleton to allow a new period of growth
(verb) - to lose the old skin or exoskeleton. The insect grows a larger one to replace the one that is shed.
mollT) An insect undergoing metamorphosis, whether complete or incomplete, will molt or shed its cuticle as it gets older and out grows its old cuticle.
the casting off of the outgrown skin ( exoskeleton) during growth.
To shed the hair, feathers, skin, or shell and grow a new covering. The snake molted its old skin and left it behind.
To shed hair, feathers, shell, horns, or an outer layer periodically. All finches will molt as the season change.
The process of shedding or changing the fur twice each year. The baby or nest fur is molted at two months. The first natural coat of fur is fully developed at 4 to 6 months.
(verb) to shed the skin (When this takes place, the larva can grow while the skin is soft.)
to shed exterior covering (such as fur, feathers, skin, or exoskeleton). In birds, molting also includes the process of growing replacement feathers. In other species, the new covering is uncovered when the old is lost. to shed exterior covering (such as fur, feathers, skin, or exoskeleton). In birds, molting also includes the process of growing replacement feathers. In other species, the new covering is uncovered when the old is lost. In Ecdysozoa (where molting is a synapomorphy) this process of periodically shedding the non-expandible outer cuticle is also called Ecdysis.
(as a verb) To shed fur, feathers, or a shell before they are replaced with new growth. Horseshoe crabs molt their chitin shells 16 to 17 times before they reach adulthood. Once they are adults, they cease to molt.
all arthropods shed their hard exoskeleton periodically in order to grow; most spiders become adult after eight to twelve molts; during molting spiders are very vulnerable to predation; spiders perform leg gymnastics (bending and stretching of legs) after molting to keep joints moveable; once adult, spiders will not molt again (exception: tarantulas)
annual shedding and replacement of feathers necessary because of wear.
A process where crustaceans and insects shed their exoskeleton (external support). This is an important growth process, enabling the animal's body to expand.
The shedding of the confining outer layer of the body (the cuticle, integument, or exoskeleton) to permit growth or metamorphic change.
Period shedding of part or all of the coat.
A process of shedding the outer layer; when molting, insects shed their exoskeleton (sometimes improperly called "skin").
to shed one's exoskeleton in the process of moving to the next developmental stage (insects). Also used for snakes shedding their skins and birds their feathers.
when a lobster sheds its shell so that it can grow larger
to periodically shed hair or fur and then replace it.
The annual shedding and renewing of a bird's feathers.
When an animal molts it loses its old skin or exoskeleton and grows a larger one to replace it. Caterpillars molt many times during their development.
To cast off the cuticle. ( 14)