English version

moult

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Birds, Animals
moultmoult British English, molt American English /məʊlt $ moʊlt/ verb [intransitive] 🔊 🔊 HBBHBAwhen a bird or animal moults, it loses feathers or hair so that new ones can growmoult noun [countable, uncountable]
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moultBy August the male will have begun to moult and will become almost indistinguishable from the female.The dragonfly nymphs may take up to 2 years before they moult into the adult form.No, he had been moulting, like a bird.You can not but feel that Aisling O'Sullivan, moulting magnificently like a sick eagle, is having a high old time.As they grow they moult several times.One day she carried a tall moulting sunflower into the Staff Room.Periodically, they moult their thin transparent skins, changing shape as they do so.The larva moults to give rise to the four-legged nymph, which, after five more days, becomes the adult mite.
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Verb table
moult (BrE)
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theymoult (BrE)
he, she, itmoults (BrE)
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theymoulted (BrE)
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave moulted
he, she, ithas moulted
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad moulted
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill moult
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have moulted
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam moulting
he, she, itis moulting
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you, we, theyare moulting
Past
I, he, she, itwas moulting
you, we, theywere moulting
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been moulting
he, she, ithas been moulting
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been moulting
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be moulting
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been moulting
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