2. [syn: downy, pubescent, puberulent, sericeous]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pubescent \Pu*bes"cent\ (p[-u]"b[e^]s"sent), a. [L. pubescens,
-entis, p. pr. of pubescere to reach puberty, to grow hairy
or mossy, fr. pubes pubes: cf. F. pubescent.]
1. Arrived recently at puberty.
That . . . the men (are) pubescent at the age of
twice seven, is accounted a punctual truth. --Sir T.
2. Covered with pubescence, or fine short hairs, as certain
insects, and the leaves of some plants.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: (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
2: covered with fine soft hairs or down; "downy milkweed seeds"
[syn: downy, pubescent, puberulent, sericeous]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
45 Moby Thesaurus words for "pubescent":
adolescent, attenuate, attenuated, bristly, bushy, cirrose, dainty,
delicate, downy, feathery, filmy, fine, fine-drawn, fine-grained,
finespun, fleecy, flocculent, flossy, fluffy, furry, fuzzy, gauzy,
gossamer, gossamery, hairy, hirsute, hispid, lanate, matted,
maturescent, nubile, pilose, refined, satin, satiny, shagged,
shaggy, silky, smooth, thin-spun, unshorn, velutinous, velvety,