moult

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English[edit]

A cicada moulting.
A cockroach moulting.
A cicada molting.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • molt (American English)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English mouten, from Old English *mutian (cf. bemutian), from Latin mūtō, mūtāre.

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Noun[edit]

moult (plural moults)

  1. The process of shedding or losing a covering of fur, feathers or skin etc.
    Some birds change colour during their winter moult.
  2. The skin or feathers cast off during the process of moulting.

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Verb[edit]

moult (third-person singular simple present moults, present participle moulting, simple past and past participle moulted)

  1. (intransitive) To shed or lose a covering of hair or fur, feathers, skin, horns, etc, and replace it with a fresh one.
  2. (transitive) To shed in such a manner.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French moult, from Old French molt, mout, mult, from Latin multus, from Proto-Indo-European *ml̥tos (crumbled, crumpled, past passive participle). Has largely disappeared from spoken language, only preserved in some dialects, and replaced by beaucoup.

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Adverb[edit]

moult

  1. (archaic, regional) much; a lot

Adjective[edit]

moult (feminine singular moulte, masculine plural moults, feminine plural moultes)

  1. (archaic, regional) many; a lot of
    Synonym: beaucoup

Usage notes[edit]

Used both as invariable and variable adjective:

Après moult hésitations, il prit cette décision. (invariable)
After many hesitations he took the decision.
Et, pour finir, moulte chose / Blanche et noire, effet et cause [] (variable)[1]
And, to finish, many a thing / White and black, effect and cause []

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paul Verlaine (1896), “Prologue”, in Chair, published 1901

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Middle French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • mlt (manuscript abbreviation)

Etymology[edit]

From Old French molt, mout, from Latin multus.

Adverb[edit]

moult

  1. much; a lot

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