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[pyoo-bes-uh nt]
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  1. arriving or arrived at puberty.
  2. Botany, Zoology. covered with down or fine short hair.
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Origin of pubescent

1640–50; < Latin pūbēscent- (stem of pūbēscēns), present participle of pūbēscere to attain puberty, reach puberty, become hairy or downy. See pubes1, -escent
Related formspu·bes·cence, pu·bes·cen·cy, nounsub·pu·bes·cent, adjective
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Related Words for pubescent

youthful, 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

  • Pubescent, when the antenn are clothed with uniform short hairs.

    New Zealand Moths and Butterflies

    G. V. Hudson

  • Pubescent: downy: clothed with soft, short, fine, closely set hair.

British Dictionary definitions for pubescent


  1. arriving or having arrived at puberty
  2. (of certain plants and animals or their parts) covered with a layer of fine short hairs or down
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Derived Formspubescence, noun

Word Origin for pubescent

C17: from Latin pūbēscere to reach manhood, from pūber adult
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Word Origin and History for pubescent


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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pubescent in Medicine


  1. Reaching or having reached puberty.
  2. Covered with fine short hairs.
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