pubescence
noun Date: 15th century 1. the quality or state of being pubescent 2. a pubescent covering or surface

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  • pubescence — [ pybesɑ̃s ] n. f. • 1803; de pubescent ♦ Bot. Caractère, état d un organe pubescent. ● pubescence nom féminin Caractère d une surface externe, animale ou végétale, couverte de poils fins et courts. pubescence n. f. BOT état, caractère d une… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Pubescence — Pu*bes cence, n. [Cf. F. pubescence.] 1. The quality or state of being pubescent, or of having arrived at puberty. Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] 2. A covering of soft short hairs, or down, as one some plants and insects; also, the state of being… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pubescence — [pyo͞o bes′əns] n. 〚Fr〛 1. the quality or state of being pubescent 2. the soft down that covers the surface of many plants and insects * * * pu·bes·cence (pyo͞o bĕsʹəns) n. 1. The state of being pubescent. 2. The attainment or onset of puberty …   Universalium

  • pubescence — index adolescence Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • pubescence — (n.) 1640s, from M.L. pubescentia, from L. pubescentem (nom. pubescens) reach the age of puberty, prp. of pubescere arrive at puberty, from pubes adult, full grown (see PUBERTY (Cf. puberty)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • pubescence — ► NOUN 1) the time when puberty begins. 2) Botany & Zoology soft down on the leaves and stems of plants or on animals, especially insects. DERIVATIVES pubescent adjective & noun. ORIGIN from Latin pubescere reach puberty …   English terms dictionary

  • pubescence — [pyo͞o bes′əns] n. [Fr] 1. the quality or state of being pubescent 2. the soft down that covers the surface of many plants and insects …   English World dictionary

  • pubescence — puberty, pubescence *youth, adolescence …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • pubescence — n. 1 the time when puberty begins. 2 Bot. soft down on the leaves and stems of plants. 3 Zool. soft down on various parts of animals, esp. insects. Derivatives: pubescent adj. Etymology: F pubescence or med.L pubescentia f. L pubescere reach… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pubescence — n. [L. pubescere, to grow hairy] A covering of fine soft hairs; pubescent adj …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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