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PUBESCENT

 Dictionary entry overview: What does pubescent mean? 

PUBESCENT (adjective)
  The adjective PUBESCENT has 2 senses:

1. (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
2. covered with fine soft hairs or down

  Familiarity information: PUBESCENT used as an adjective is rare.


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PUBESCENT (adjective)


Sense 1pubescent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(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

Context example:

the budding breasts of a pubescent girl and the downy chin of pubescent boy

Similar:

immature (not yet mature)


Sense 2pubescent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Covered with fine soft hairs or down

Synonyms:

puberulent; sericeous; downy; pubescent

Context example:

downy milkweed seeds

Similar:

haired; hairy; hirsute (having or covered with hair)

Domain category:

biological science; biology (the science that studies living organisms)


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