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Definition of moult verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

moult

 verb
(especially US English molt) verb
BrE BrE//məʊlt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//moʊlt//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they moult
BrE BrE//məʊlt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//moʊlt//
 
he / she / it moults
BrE BrE//məʊlts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//moʊlts//
 
past simple moulted
BrE BrE//ˈməʊltɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊltɪd//
 
past participle moulted
BrE BrE//ˈməʊltɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊltɪd//
 
-ing form moulting
BrE BrE//ˈməʊltɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊltɪŋ//
 
 
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(of a bird or an animal) to lose feathers or hair before new feathers or hair grow Word Origin Middle English moute, from an Old English verb based on Latin mutare ‘to change’. For the intrusive -l-, compare with words such as fault.

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