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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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 so covered. [1913 Webster]