pubes

1
[ pyoo-beez ]
/ ˈpyu biz /
|

noun, plural pu·bes. Anatomy.

the lower part of the abdomen, especially the region between the right and left iliac regions.
the hair appearing on the lower part of the abdomen at puberty.

Nearby words

  1. pube,
  2. puberal,
  3. pubertal,
  4. puberty,
  5. puberulent,
  6. pubescence,
  7. pubescent,
  8. pubic,
  9. pubic angle,
  10. pubic arch

Origin of pubes

1
First recorded in 1560–70, pubes is from the Latin word pūbēs adulthood, pubic hair, groin

pubes

2
[ pyoo-beez ]
/ ˈpyu biz /

noun

plural of pubis.

pubis

[ pyoo-bis ]
/ ˈpyu bɪs /

noun, plural pu·bes [pyoo-beez] /ˈpyu biz/. Anatomy.

that part of either innominate bone that, with the corresponding part of the other, forms the front of the pelvis.

Origin of pubis

1590–1600; short for New Latin os pūbis bone of the pubes1

Related formspre·pu·bis, noun, plural pre·pu·bes.

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pubes



British Dictionary definitions for pubes

pubes

/ (ˈpjuːbiːz) /

noun plural pubes (ˈpjuːbiːz)

the region above the external genital organs, covered with hair from the time of puberty
the pubic bones
the plural of pubis

pl n (ˈpjuːbz)

informal pubic hair

Word Origin for pubes

from Latin

pubis

/ (ˈpjuːbɪs) /

noun plural -bes (-biːz)

one of the three sections of the hipbone that forms part of the pelvis

Word Origin for pubis

C16: shortened from New Latin os pūbis bone of the pubes

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for pubes

pubes

n.

1560s, "pubic hair," from Latin pubes "pubescent, arrived at the age of puberty, of ripe years, grown up," also, as a noun, "a sign of puberty" (such as pubic hair), also "young men of the age of puberty" (see puberty). In 19c. also "pubic bone," and earlier "part of either hip bone that forms the front of the pelvis," from Latin os pubis, from pubes "genital area." In modern slang, monosyllable, a familiar shortening of pubic hairs (see pubic).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for pubes

pubes

[ pyōōbēz ]

n. pl. pubes

The lower part of the abdomen, especially the region surrounding the external genitalia.
The hair that appears on this region at puberty.

pubis

[ pyōōbĭs ]

n. pl. pu•bes (-bēz)

pubic bone
The hair of the pubic region just above the external genitals.
A pubic hair.
mons pubis

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Science definitions for pubes

pubis

[ pyōōbĭs ]

Plural pubes (pyōōbēz)

The forwardmost of the three bones that fuse together to form each of the hipbones. See more at skeleton.
Related formspubic adjective

The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.