Puberty Definition

The stage of physical development when secondary sex characteristics develop and sexual reproduction first becomes possible: in common law, the age of puberty is generally fixed at fourteen for boys and twelve for girls.
Webster's New World

Origin of Puberty

  • From Old French puberté, from Latin pubertas (“the age of maturity, manhood"), from pubes, puber (“grown up, of mature age, adult; of plants, downy, pubescent")

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English puberte from Old French from Latin pūbertās from pūbēs pūber- adult

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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