Molt

Molt

(?), obs. imp. of Melt. Chaucer. Spenser.
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{

Molt

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Moult

} (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Molted or Moulted; p. pr. & vb. n. Molting or Moulting.] [OE. mouten, L. mutare. See Mew to molt, and cf. Mute, v. t.]
[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 shed or cast the hair, feathers, skin, horns, or the like, as an animal or a bird. Bacon.
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{

Molt

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Moult

, } v. t. To cast, as the hair, skin, feathers, or the like; to shed.
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{

Molt

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Moult

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