Pu*bes"cent (?), a. [L. pubescens, -entis, p. pr. of pubescere to reach puberty, to grow hairy or mossy, fr. pubes pubes: cf. F. pubescent.]
Arrived at puberty.
That . . . the men (are) pubescent at the age of twice seven, is accounted a punctual truth.
Sir T. Browne.
Covered with pubescence, or fine short hairs, as certain insects, and the leaves of some plants.
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