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MOULT

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Originally appearing in Volume V18, Page 935 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MOULT, a term for the shedding of feathers at the periodic renewal of the plumage by birds, and so transferred to the periodic shedding of the old skin, shell, &c., by other animals. The word is seen in O. Eng. in the verb bimittian, to exchange; from Lat. mutare, to change; cf. mod. Ger. mausen, mausern; the earlier forms in English are mout, mute; the insertion of the 1, as in " fault," dates from the 16th century.
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