1. Arrived recently at puberty.
That . . . the men (are) pubescent at the age of twice seven, is accounted a punctual truth. --Sir T. Browne.
2. Covered with pubescence, or fine short hairs, as certain insects, and the leaves of some plants.
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, puberulent, sericeous]