pubescent


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, 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.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

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.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Translations

pubescent

[pjuːˈbesənt]
A. ADJpubescente
B. Npubescente mf
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

pubescent

[pjuːˈbɛsənt] (formal) adjpubère
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

pubescent

adjpubertierend
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

pubescent

[pjuːˈbɛsənt] adj (girl, boy) → pubere, nell'età puberale; (age) → puberale
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

pubescent

adj pubescente
English-Spanish/Spanish-English Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
- Leaves and corymb initially pubescent; stamens 25-30 and styles 3-5.......................................1.
To say that it's a generational thing is completely false - I have 30-something friends attending concerts and screaming their lungs out as if they were back to their pubescent girlhood days.
Men start to develop facial hair-which is regulated by testosterone-during their pubescent stage, and it doesn't fully mature until they reach their early twenties.
In contrast, it was established that Tanner stage modifies [.sup.13]C-GBT when co-evaluated with HOMA ([beta]=-2.1; p=0.017), fasting plasma insulin ([beta]=-1.9; p=0.034), and 2-h OGTT insulin ([beta]=-2.1; p=0.017), therefore, in subsequent analyses, the sample was stratified into pubescent (Tanner stages 2 and 3) and post-pubescent (Tanner stages 4 and 5) individuals.
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".
It is challenging, however, with Lillian's ghost haunting Hannah as she goes about her days, and a serial killer on the loose preying on the city's pubescent girls and leaving handcrafted Valentines near their dead bodies.
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.