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Puberty

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Pu'berty. n.s. [puberté, Fr. pubertas, Lat.] The time of life in which the two sexes begin first to be acquainted.

The cause of changing the voice at the years of puberty seemeth to be, for that when much of the moisture of the body, which did before irrigate the parts, is drawn down to the spermatical vessels, it leaveth the body more hot than it was, whence cometh the dilatation of the pipes. Bacon.

All the carnivorous animals would have multiplied exceedingly, before these children that escaped could come to the age of puberty. Bentley's Sermons.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Bentley, Richard (57)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Puberty." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: April 19, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=19972.


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