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as in:  to molt

Words run up the bridge of the nose and across the forehead, certain headlines visible or halfway visible, like BEAUTY REMEDY and TRAGEDY STRIKES, and little scraps of paper are unfurling from various places on her face, like she’s molting.
Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  periodic shedding of hair, skin, horn, or feathers
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molt molting molter molted
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  • Words run up the bridge of the nose and across the forehead, certain headlines visible or halfway visible, like BEAUTY REMEDY and TRAGEDY STRIKES, and little scraps of paper are unfurling from various places on her face, like she’s molting.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • It was attached to a demon that looked like a massive molting parrot with tentacles exploding out from where its wings should have been.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • At a tender age he had developed mange, or leprosy, or some other such infantile disease, and had lost all his hair, never to recover it — a tragedy which may have had a bearing on the fact that, when I knew him, he had already devoted fifteen years of his life to a study of the relationship between summer molt and incipient narcissism in pocket gophers.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • The smell of molting snakeskin seared my nostrils.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo

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  • The Weingartners were apparently stupid people with a constantly molting Saumensch of a cat.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Joad could see it ahead of him, its poor branches curving over the way, its load of leaves tattered and scraggly as a molting chicken.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • You slip out of your own skin, like molting, shedding your own history and your own future, leaving behind everything you ever were or wanted or believed in.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • "I forgot — it was the custard creams we hexed —" Within a minute, however, Neville had molted, and once his feathers had fallen off, he reappeared looking entirely normal.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • I’d rather you were as ragged as a molting deer than have you decapitate yourself for the sake of a close shave.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Their bodies were covered in molting feathers, and their wings were tipped with tiny, shriveled hands.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune

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  • The molting pink feathers are tawdry as carnival dolls and some of the starry sequins have come off.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Grandma Fontaine, withered, wrinkled and yellow as an old molted bird, was leaning on her cane, and behind her were Sally Munroe Fontaine and Young Miss Fontaine.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • When their egg production begins to drop, the hens will be "force-molted" — starved of food, water, and light for several days in order to stimulate a final spurt of egg laying before their life’s work is done.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • The storm left the sky thin and dappled gray, like a molted snakeskin.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • Here was this twenty-three-year-old American, who looked as though he was still molting adolescence, handsome enough but too pale and gangly and boyish-looking to be called dishy, and she thought, "How does he know what to say to me that would be comforting?"
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • All the paint was peeling, and the house looked as if it were molting.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • The first thing he noticed was that the gull’s head was molting and turning white, though a dark brown patch remained behind each eye.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • A mile more: of chastising thorns, burrs and briers that catch at our clothes; of rusty pine needles brilliant with gaudy fungus and molted feathers.
    Truman Capote  --  A Christmas Memory
  • [40] Many of these transformations were afterward abandoned, but a large number survived, for example, /climbed/ for /clomb/ as the preterite of /to climb/, and /melted/ for /molt/ as the preterite of /to melt/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • For her, just outside the door of the concert hall, lay the black pond with the cattle-tracked bluffs; the tall, unpainted house, with weather-curled boards; naked as a tower, the crook-backed ash seedlings where the dishcloths hung to dry; the gaunt, molting turkeys picking up refuse about the kitchen door.
    Willa Cather  --  A Wagner Matinee
  • The window displayed a pyramid of slabs in brownish-purple jackets, inscribed: The Vulture Is Molting.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • " The paper battles rage through the mails onto the desks of busy politicians, while back in the chicken yard one hawk after another circles overhead till the chickens are unable to come out of hiding and their neck feathers molt from the permanent crick.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Joad had moved into the imperfect shade of the molting leaves before the man heard him coming, stopped his song, and turned his head.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • The evening light was on the fields, and the cotton plants threw long shadows on the ground, and the molting willow tree threw a long shadow.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • He was inclined to be surly and short, and once, when Bluebell remarked that he thought Meester Pigvig’s fur cap was molting in sympathy for absent friends, he showed a flash of his old sergeant-major spirit and cuffed and abused him twice round the Honeycomb, until Holly intervened to save his faithful jester from further trouble.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • It so happened that Bluebell was the first through into the Honeycomb; and for many days afterward he was still improving upon his imitation of Captain Fiver at the head of his crowd of Efrafan prisoners—"like a tomtit rounding up a bunch of molting jackdaws," as he put it.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • (to run the—) gauntlet glamor glamour good-by good-bye gram gramme gray grey harbor harbour honor honour hostler ostler humor humour inclose enclose indorse endorse inflection inflexion inquiry enquiry jail gaol jewelry jewellery jimmy (burglar’s) jemmy labor labour laborer labourer liter litre maneuver manoeuvre medieval mediaeval meter metre misdemeanor misdemeanour mold mould mollusk mollusc molt moult mustache moustache neighbor neighbour neighborhood neighbourhood net (adj.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
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