Definitions for pubescentpyuˈbɛs ənt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
arriving or arrived at puberty.
Category: Developmental Biology
Bot., Zool. covered with down or fine short hairs.
Category: Botany, Zoology
Origin of pubescent:
1640–50; < L pūbēscent- (s. of pūbēscēns), prp. of pūbēscere to attain puberty, become hairy or downy. See pubes1, -escent
(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"
downy, pubescent, puberulent, sericeous(adj)
covered with fine soft hairs or down
"downy milkweed seeds"
arriving or arrived at puberty
covered with down or fine hair
Origin: From pubescens
arrived at puberty
covered with pubescence, or fine short hairs, as certain insects, and the leaves of some plants