pubescent


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

pu·bes·cent

 (pyo͞o-bĕs′ənt)
adj.
1. Reaching or having recently reached puberty.
2. Covered with short hairs or soft down.

[Latin pūbēscēns, pūbēscent-, present participle of pūbēscere, to reach puberty, from pūbēs, adult.]

pubescent

(pjuːˈbɛsənt)
adj
1. (Physiology) arriving or having arrived at puberty
2. (Biology) (of certain plants and animals or their parts) covered with a layer of fine short hairs or down
[C17: from Latin pūbēscere to reach manhood, from pūber adult]
puˈbescence n

pu•bes•cent

(pyuˈbɛs ənt)

adj.
1. arriving or arrived at puberty.
2. Bot., Zool. covered with down or fine short hairs.
[1640–50; < Latin pūbēscent- (s. of pūbēscēns), present participle of pūbēscere to attain puberty, become hairy or downy. See pubes1, -escent]
pu•bes′cence, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pubescent - (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"
immature - not yet mature
2.pubescent - covered with fine soft hairs or down; "downy milkweed seeds"
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
haired, hairy, hirsute - having or covered with hair; "Jacob was a hairy man"; "a hairy caterpillar"
Translations

pubescent

[pjuːˈbesənt]
A. ADJpubescente
B. Npubescente mf

pubescent

[pjuːˈbɛsənt] (formal) adjpubère

pubescent

adjpubertierend

pubescent

[pjuːˈbɛsənt] adj (girl, boy) → pubere, nell'età puberale; (age) → puberale

pubescent

adj pubescente
References in periodicals archive ?
Another loophole in Japan's current legislation allows bookstores and convenience stores to stock magazines with semi-naked images of pubescent and pre-pubescent children, provided that their genitalia remains covered.
Prosecutor Peter Wright had claimed Hall, 84, was "an accomplished sexual predator" with "a propensity for pubescent and pre-pubescent girls".
Scientists, who conducted the study on rats, claimed that the pubescent brain of both rats and humans matures rapidly during periods of deep sleep, but the process was shortened and disrupted in rodents that were given caffeine.
It's darker and moodier than a pubescent lad who's just been grounded by his mum.
Inflorescence up to 38 cm long; peduncle terete, made up of 9-13 internodes, bronzy- or greenish-brown, glabrous below, sparsely glandular pubescent above, 11-50 cm long, 2-4 mm in diameter, covered by papery sheaths, these tubular-infundibuliform with ovate, acuminate free apical portions, translucent whitish with brown veins, progressively shorter towards the apex, up to 70 mm long and 13 mm wide; raceme subsecund, 2-10 cm long, with 3-13 flowers, most or all of them open at the same time; rachis sparsely and shortly glandular-pubescent.
2 cm long, apically sparsely pubescent, the anther tube curved-cylindrical, to 4 mm in diameter, puberulous, the dorsal and lateral anthers 7-9 mm long, the ventral anthers to 6 mm long, sparsely pubescent with an apical tuft of white woolly trichomes to 5 mm long; stigma bilobed.
Thorax: Scutum predominantly grey pubescent, broad sublateral stripes (interrupted postsuturally) and narrow paramedial stripes (not reaching posterior margin) apubescent.
The new definition would change the name to pedohebephilic disorder and would include people attracted to pubescent children (aged 11-14).
Foreign ports are hardly the safest place for an unchaperoned pubescent girl.