What does the word sloughing mean?

Usage examples for sloughing

  1. At certain seasons he has kept these boots on for such a length of time, that when he drew them off the skin came away together with the leather, like that of a sloughing snake. – The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti by John Addington Symonds
  2. So much had her sympathetic spirit absorbed the feelings of these dying ones, that she resented this as an intrusion, an unwelcome distraction from the business of sloughing off the flesh. – The Readjustment by Will Irwin
  3. He was literally rotting before Blake's horrified eyes, the gray- scaled skin sloughing off in streaming rivulets of pallid ooze, and the entire body contorting in what was obviously a death agony. – Zehru of Xollar by Hal K. Wells

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