molt Definition

(of an animal) shed old feathers, hair, or skin, or an old shell, to make way for a new growth.

Using molt: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "molt" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The snake will molt its skin soon.

  • Example

    The bird is molting its feathers.

  • Example

    The crab is molting its shell.

  • Example

    The caterpillar has molted into a butterfly.

molt Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for molt

Phrases with molt

  • a complete shedding of feathers or fur, often occurring annually in birds and mammals


    The hard molt of the eagle resulted in a significant loss of feathers.

  • a partial shedding of feathers or fur, often occurring more frequently than a hard molt


    The soft molt of the cat resulted in a few patches of fur missing.

  • intermolt

    the period between two molts when an animal is not shedding any feathers, hair, or skin


    During the intermolt period, the crab's shell is hardening.


Summary: molt in Brief

'Molt' [mohlt] is a verb that describes the process of shedding old feathers, hair, skin, or shells to make way for new growth. This process occurs in various animals, such as snakes, birds, crabs, and caterpillars. 'Molt' can be categorized into 'hard molt' and 'soft molt,' and the period between two molts is called 'intermolt.'