molting molting  /ˈmoʊl tɪŋ/


  • (n) periodic shedding of the cuticle in arthropods or the outer skin in reptiles



  1. Her pets, a mangy brown pup and two molting cats, have shed clumps of fur on her bed, an old foam mattress on the living-room floor.
  2. So now usually in June, when geese are molting and can't fly birds in many areas are being captured and gassed with carbon dioxide.
  3. Love helped create the beloved characters Cookie Monster, Snuffleupagus, Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird--complete with molting yellow feathers.


  • In Season: Eric Ripert’s Sautéed Soft-Shell Crabs

    One of the seasonal glories of the Mid-Atlantic seaboard, soft-shell crabs, or “soft crabs,” as they call them down along the Chesapeake Bay, are available from spring through summer but are at their peak in June and July. The name refers not to a species of crustacean but to the molting stage of the blue crab, which sheds its shell in order to trade up to a new one. The best way to cook a soft ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: New York Magazine

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