• WordNet 3.6
    • adj pubescent covered with fine soft hairs or down "downy milkweed seeds"
    • adj pubescent (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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pubescent Arrived at puberty. "That . . . the men (are pubescent at the age of twice seven, is accounted a punctual truth."
    • Pubescent Covered with pubescence, or fine short hairs, as certain insects, and the leaves of some plants.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pubescent Arriving at puberty.
    • pubescent Covered with pubescence, or fine short hair; downy.
    • pubescent In botany, covered or sprinkled with down or hairs: a general term, including villous, hirsute, strigose, lanate, etc., but when used alone in specific description denoting a soft or downy and short pubescence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Pubescent arriving at puberty:
    • adj Pubescent (bot., zool.) covered with soft, short hair
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pubescens, -entis, p. pr. of pubescere, to reach puberty, to grow hairy or mossy, fr. pubes, pubes: cf. F. pubescent,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. puberté—L. pubertas, -tatispubes, puber, grown up.


In literature:

Amongst the shrubs along the gullies, a new species of Dodonaea, with pinnate pubescent leaves, was frequent.
"Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia" by Ludwig Leichhardt
Cunn., with closer leaves and a browner pubescence; SIDA (Abutilon) FRAZERI Hook.
"Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia" by Thomas Mitchell
The leaves are ovate-oblong, and pubescent on the undersides.
"Hardy Ornamental Flowering Trees and Shrubs" by A. D. Webster
The object selection of the pubescent period must renounce the infantile objects and begin anew as a sensuous stream.
"Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex" by Sigmund Freud
Leaf: The leaf consists of 5, 7 or 9 leaflets all of which are large and pubescent and possess a distinct resinous odor.
"Studies of Trees" by Jacob Joshua Levison
The face clothed with fulvous pubescence.
"Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3" by Various
The pubescent period is characterized by extensive range of all physical features of the individuals in it.
"Civics and Health" by William H. Allen
The plant is less pubescent, but has much the same habit, and is cultivated in the same manner.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
Leaflets ovate or nearly so, with obtuse or acute apex; rhachis somewhat pubescent.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
Anthophila: Hymenoptera; species in which the basal joint of the hind tarsus is dilated and pubescent; the bees.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith

In news:

A quick, biting wit is not a quality normally associated with pubescent actors and the characters they play.
Tired of reading about all these pubescent little CEOs who did nothing more clever than sell books or airline tickets over the Internet and made a billion.
Kristen Lamb accused of advertising pre- pubescent child porn.
) The statue depicts the naked body of a pre-pubescent girl, with narrow hips and skinny arms and legs.
Equating teens with animals has long been a handy horror-cinema way to tackle pubescent sexual development.
Some, such as jockeys , instead go to extreme lengths to stunt their growth -- sometimes down to the size of a pre-pubescent child.
Willow Smith, the pre-pubescent daughter of Hollywood power couple Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, makes waves every time she does something as simple as cut her hair (or whip it back and forth, for that matter).