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Definition periodic shedding of hair, skin, horn, or feathers
  • The molting pink feathers are tawdry as carnival dolls and some of the starry sequins have come off.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • The storm left the sky thin and dappled gray, like a molted snakeskin.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • 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
  • 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
  • Their bodies were covered in molting feathers, and their wings were tipped with tiny, shriveled hands.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • 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
  • The smell of molting snakeskin seared my nostrils.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • All the paint was peeling, and the house looked as if it were molting.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • The Weingartners were apparently stupid people with a constantly molting Saumensch of a cat.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • The window displayed a pyramid of slabs in brownish-purple jackets, inscribed: The Vulture Is Molting.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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