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Meaning of PUBESCENT

Pronunciation:  pyoo'besunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  (biology) covered with fine soft hairs or down; "downy milkweed seeds"
  2. [adj]  (of animals especially human beings) having arrived at the onset of puberty (the age at which sex glands become functional) but not yet fully mature; "the budding breasts of a pubescent girl and the downy chin of pubescent boy"

PUBESCENT is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: downy, hairy, hirsute, immature, puberulent, sericeous



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pu*bes"cent\, a. [L. pubescens, -entis, p. pr. of
pubescere to reach puberty, to grow hairy or mossy, fr. pubes
pubes: cf. F. pubescent.]
1. Arrived at puberty.

         That . . . the men (are) pubescent at the age of
         twice seven, is accounted a punctual truth. --Sir T.

2. Covered with pubescence, or fine short hairs, as certain
   insects, and the leaves of some plants.

Biology Dictionary
  1. Covered with short, soft, erect hairs.
  2. Relating to someone who has just entered puberty.