from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To shed periodically part or all of a coat or an outer covering, such as feathers, cuticle, or skin, which is then replaced by a new growth.
- transitive v. To shed or cast off (a bodily covering).
- n. The act or process of molting.
- n. The material cast off during molting.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To shed hair, feathers, skin, horns etc. and replace it by a fresh layer.
- v. To shed in such a manner.
- n. The skin or feathers cast off during the process of molting.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- imp. of melt.
- intransitive v. To shed or cast the hair, feathers, skin, horns, or the like, as an animal or a bird.
- transitive v. To cast, as the hair, skin, feathers, or the like; to shed.
- n. The act or process of changing the feathers, hair, skin, etc.; molting.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An obsolete preterit of melt.
- To shed or cast, as feathers, hair, or skin; slough off: often used figuratively.
- To cast or shed feathers, hair, skin, or the like; undergo or accomplish a molt; exuviate; mew. See the noun.
- To be about to be cast off or shed, as plumage.
- n. The act or process of shedding or casting any tegumentary, cuticular, or exoskeletal structures or appendages, as feathers, hair, skin, nails, horns, hoofs, claws, or shell; ecdysis; exuviation.
- n. The period or time of molting.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers
- n. periodic shedding of the cuticle in arthropods or the outer skin in reptiles
Alteration of Middle English mouten, from Old English -mūtian (in bemūtian, to exchange for), from Latin mūtāre, to change; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)