- (General American) IPA(key): /moʊlt/
- (UK) IPA(key): /mɒlt/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /məʊlt/
- Rhymes: -əʊlt
moult (plural moults)
- The process of shedding or losing a covering of fur, feathers or skin etc.
- Some birds change colour during their winter moult.
- The skin or feathers cast off during the process of moulting.
- Synonym: exuvia
- (intransitive) To shed or lose a covering of hair or fur, feathers, skin, horns, etc, and replace it with a fresh one.
- (transitive) To shed in such a manner.
A snake moulting.
From Middle French moult, from Old French molt, mout, mult, from Latin multus, from Proto-Indo-European *ml̥tos (“crumbled, crumpled”, past passive participle). After having largely disappeared from standard spoken language, where it was replaced by beaucoup, the adjective form (pronounced /mult/) is now occasionally heard again.
- (traditional) IPA(key): /mu/
- (spelling pronunciation) IPA(key): /mult/, /mul/
- Homophones: mou, mous
Used both as invariable and variable adjective:
- Après moult hésitations, il prit cette décision. (invariable)
- After much hesitation he made this decision.
- Et, pour finir, moulte chose / Blanche et noire, effet et cause […] (variable)
- And, to finish, many a thing / White and black, effect and cause […]
- “moult” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- mlt (manuscript abbreviation)
- French: moult