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1610s, a back-formation from pubescence, or else from French pubescent (early 16c.) or directly from Latin pubescentem (nominative pubescens), present participle of pubescere "to reach puberty" (see pubescence).
pubescent pu·bes·cent (pyōō-běs'ənt)
Reaching or having reached puberty.
Covered with fine short hairs.