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pubescent (adj.)

1610s, "arriving at puberty," a back-formation from pubescence or else from French pubescent (early 16c.) or directly from Latin pubescentem (nominative pubescens), present participle of pubescere "to reach puberty." By 1760  in biology, "covered with fine short hairs or down."

updated on January 22, 2021

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Definitions of pubescent from WordNet

pubescent (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 (adj.)
covered with fine soft hairs or down;
Synonyms: downy / puberulent / sericeous
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