Definition of Pubescent

1. Adjective. (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"

Similar to: Immature
Derivative terms: Pubescence

2. Adjective. Covered with fine soft hairs or down. "Downy milkweed seeds"
Exact synonyms: Downy, Puberulent, Sericeous
Category relationships: Biological Science, Biology
Similar to: Haired, Hairy, Hirsute
Derivative terms: Down, Downiness

Definition of Pubescent

1. a. Arrived at puberty.

Definition of Pubescent

1. Adjective. arriving or arrived at puberty ¹

2. Adjective. (context: botany zoology) covered with down or fine hair ¹

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Definition of Pubescent

1. [adj]

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Literary usage of Pubescent

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1917)
"St., both surfaces of the Ivs., pedicels, and calyx pubescent with flattened hairs: Ivs. 4-6 in. long with 2-3 pairs of mostly oval lateral Ifts., ..."

2. Cyclopedia of American Horticulture: Comprising Suggestions for Cultivation by Liberty Hyde Bailey, Wilhelm Miller (1902)
"a native of western Siberia, Turkestan and Persia, with longer and larger lvs. and grayish pubescent buds. branchlets pubescent : buds pubescent, ..."

3. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1915)
"Lfts. usually 5, larger, pubescent on the veins below: nut globose-ovoid, very rugose. China, Japan. SIF 2:5. Of the ornamental varieties the most distinct ..."

4. The Philippine Journal of Science by Philippines Bureau of Science (1906)
"Calyx densely softly pubescent, cup-shaped, 3 mm. long, 5-toothed, the teeth subequal, rounded or acute, 1 mm. long or less, or sometimes obscurely 2-lipped ..."

5. The Philippine Journal of Science by Institute of Science and Technology (Philippines) (1906)
"wide, entire or distantly obscurely toothed above, acuminate, the base broad, rounded or cordate, sometimes acute, thinly pubescent on both surfaces, ..."

6. Synoptical Flora of North America by Asa Gray (1897)
"Perennial, with a usually branching and somewhat woody base, about a foot high, roughly stellate-pubescent, sometimes glabrous alx>ve: lower leaves an inch ..."

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