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pubescence (n.)

early 15c., "the coming or attainment of puberty," from Medieval Latin pubescentia, abstract noun from Latin pubescentem (nominative pubescens), present participle of pubescere "grow up; ripen, come to maturity; reach the age of puberty, arrive at puberty," from pubes "adult, full-grown" (see pubis). Biological use in reference to hairiness or soft down is by 1760 of plants, 1826 of insects, etc.

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Definitions of pubescence from WordNet

pubescence (n.)
the time of life when sex glands become functional;
Synonyms: puberty
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