puberty

Part of speech: noun

Opening manhood or womanhood.

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Usage examples "puberty":

  1. Among the Chaukhutias it is considered a great sin if the signs of puberty appear in a girl before she is married, and to avoid this, if no husband has been found for her, they perform a 'Kand Byah' or 'Arrow Marriage': the girl walks seven times round an arrow fixed in the ground, and is given away without ceremony to the man who by previous arrangement has brought the arrow. - "The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India Volume II", R. V. Russell.
  2. As a rule, attention is first attracted to the deformity about the age of puberty, but in most cases it has existed for a considerable time before it is observed. - "Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition.", Alexander Miles Alexis Thomson.
  3. Lingering peasant notions of personal fitness and of integrity keep them from going viciously wrong, so that when they come to puberty their perplexed spirits are not quite without guidance; yet, after all, the peasant conditions are gone, and seeing that the new wage- earning conditions do not, of themselves, suggest worthy ideas of personal bearing, the children's faculties for that sort of thing soon cease to unfold, and with a gradual slackening of development the attractiveness disappears. - "Change in the Village", (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt.