pubes

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin pubes (the hair which appears on the body at the age of puberty, the genitals), from pubes, puber (grown up, of mature age; of plants, downy, pubescent); see puberty.

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Noun[edit]

pubes

  1. plural of pubis; pubic bones.
  2. (plural only) The pubic hair.
  3. (plural only) The pubic region.

Etymology 2[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

pubes

  1. plural of pube
Usage notes[edit]

It is not uncommon today for even educated people to be familiar with the back-formed sense of pubes and its singular, pube, while being unaware of the original sense, declension, and etymology. Whereas the original sense occurs mostly in medical English rather than lay English, the newer sense is widely encountered in casual online culture, despite that it is informal enough not to be used in formal-register lay vocabulary.

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Galician[edit]

Noun[edit]

pubes

  1. plural of pube (pubic bones)

Noun[edit]

pubes

  1. plural of pube (crab lice)

Latin[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Possible connection with puer, pūpa, pūsus, putus.

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Adjective[edit]

pūbēs (genitive puberis); third-declension one-termination adjective (non-i-stem)

  1. adult
  2. pubescent
  3. ripe
  4. downy (of plants)
Declension[edit]

Third-declension one-termination adjective (non-i-stem).

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
Nominative pūbēs puberēs pubera
Genitive puberis puberum
Dative puberī puberibus
Accusative puberem pūbēs puberēs pubera
Ablative pubere puberibus
Vocative pūbēs puberēs pubera
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Etymology 2[edit]

From pūbēs (adult).

Noun[edit]

pūbēs f (genitive pūbis); third declension

  1. youth
  2. youthfulness
  3. pubic hair
Declension[edit]

Third-declension noun (i-stem).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative pūbēs pūbēs
Genitive pūbis pūbium
Dative pūbī pūbibus
Accusative pūbem pūbēs
pūbīs
Ablative pūbe pūbibus
Vocative pūbēs pūbēs
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References[edit]

  • pubes1 in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • pubes2 in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • pubes in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • pubes in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • pubes in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • pubes in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin