- arriving or arrived at puberty.
- Botany, Zoology. covered with down or fine short hair.
Origin of pubescent
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Related Words for pubescentyouthful, new, budding, inexperienced, adolescent, enthusiastic, underage, young, girlish, boyish, childlike, childish, incipient, promising, growing, fledgling, burgeoning, nascent, teen, productive
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Historical Examples of pubescent
- arriving or having arrived at puberty
- (of certain plants and animals or their parts) covered with a layer of fine short hairs or down
Word Origin for pubescent
C17: from Latin pūbēscere to reach manhood, from pūber adult
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1610s, 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" (see pubescence).
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- Reaching or having reached puberty.
- Covered with fine short hairs.
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