pubescent

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From Middle French pubescent, from Latin pubescens (to become hairy, downy, or an adult)

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pubescent (comparative more pubescent, superlative most pubescent)

  1. Arriving, or arrived at, puberty.
    • 2008, Lou Schuler, "Foreward", in Nate Green, Built for Show, page xi
      [] the pubescent male brain isn't noted for its consistent engagement with reality []
    • 2012 June 26, Genevieve Koski, “Music: Reviews: Justin Bieber: Believe”, The Onion AV Club:
      The 18-year-old Bieber can’t quite pull off the “adult” thing just yet: His voice may have dropped a bit since the days of “Baby,” but it still mostly registers as “angelic,” and veers toward a pubescent whine at times.
  2. (botany, zoology) Covered with down or fine hairs.

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Verb[edit]

pūbēscent

  1. third-person plural future active indicative of pūbēscō