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Meaning of PUBESCENT

Pronunciation:  pyoo'besunt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  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
 
 Definition: 
\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.
                                               Browne.

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

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

 

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