One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Shed (a skin or shell).
shed, discard, slough off, throw off, get rid of, let fall, let dropView synonyms
- ‘Some pollutants in seawater affect the enzyme activity causing loss of the biological function of the enzyme, which affects the exuviating crab-shell and threatens the survival of the animal.’
- ‘However, the method for production gets complicated because the process of exuviating skin and removing hypocotyl is necessary.’
Mid 19th century: from exuviae + -ate.
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