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{adj: adult, big, full-grown, fully grown, grown, grownup} (of animals) fully developed
"an adult animal"
"a grown woman"

{adj: amphibiotic, semiaquatic} having an aquatic early or larval form and a terrestrial adult form

{adj: consenting} having given consent
"consenting adults"

{adj: discomfited, embarrassed} caused to feel self-conscious and uncomfortable
"was discomfited by the personal questions"
"the child felt embarrassed by the attention of the adults"

{adj: full-fledged, fully fledged} (of a bird) having reached full development with fully grown adult plumage; ready to fly

{adj: hemimetabolous, hemimetabolic, hemimetamorphous, hemimetamorphic} (of an insect with aquatic young) undergoing incomplete metamorphosis in which the young does not resemble the adult

{adj: heterometabolous, heterometabolic} (of an insect) undergoing incomplete metamorphosis in which the nymph is essentially like the adult and there is no pupal stage

{adj: responsible} worthy of or requiring responsibility or trust; or held accountable
"a responsible adult"
"responsible journalism"
"a responsible position"
"the captain is responsible for the ship's safety"
"the cabinet is responsible to the parliament"
<-> irresponsible

{adj: tenor} of or close in range to the highest natural adult male voice
"tenor voice"

{n: Anguillidae, family Anguillidae} eels that live in fresh water as adults but return to the sea to spawn

{n: Anopheles, genus Anopheles} malaria mosquitoes; distinguished by the adult's head-downward stance and absence of breathing tubes in the larvae

{n: Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar} found in northern coastal Atlantic waters or tributaries; adults do not die after spawning

{n: Chen, subgenus Chen} wild goose having white adult plumage

{n: Colorado potato beetle, Colorado beetle, potato bug, potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata} black-and-yellow beetle that feeds in adult and larval stages on potato leaves; originally of eastern Rocky Mountains; now worldwide

{n: Epilachna, genus Epilachna} genus of ladybugs native to Mexico and Central America; both larvae and adults feed on plants

{n: Frau} a German courtesy title or form of address for an adult woman

{n: Mennonitism} system of beliefs and practices including belief in scriptural authority; plain dress; adult baptism; foot washing; restriction of marriage to members of the group

{n: Nudibranchia, order Nudibranchia} comprising numerous marine gastropod mollusks lacking a shell in the adult state and usually having a body like a slug

{n: Plethodontidae, family Plethodontidae} small mostly terrestrial New World salamanders having neither lungs nor gills as adults

{n: Shema} a liturgical prayer (considered to be the essence of Jewish religion) that is recited at least twice daily by adult Jewish males to declare their faith
"as soon as Leonard learned to talk he was taught to recite the first words of the Shema, the creed of Judaism which originated on Sinai with Moses and is recited daily"

{n: Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor} United States film actress (born in England) who was a childhood star; as an adult she often co-starred with Richard Burton (born in 1932)

{n: Wilmut, Ian Wilmut} English geneticist who succeeded in cloning a sheep from a cell from an adult ewe (born in 1944)

{n: acne rosacea, rosacea} a skin disease of adults (more often women) in which blood vessels of the face enlarge resulting in a flushed appearance

{n: acting out} a (usually irritating) impulsive and uncontrollable outburst by a problem child or a neurotic adult

{n: acute myelocytic leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia} acute leukemia characterized by proliferation of granular leukocytes; most common in adolescents and young adults

{n: adult body} the body of an adult human being

{n: adult education} a course (via lectures or correspondence) for adults who are not otherwise engaged in formal study

{n: adult female body, woman's body} the body of an adult woman

{n: adult intelligence} the average IQ of the adults in a given population

{n: adult male body, man's body} the body of an adult man

{n: adult respiratory distress syndrome, ARDS, wet lung, white lung} acute lung injury characterized by coughing and rales; inflammation of the lungs which become stiff and fibrous and cannot exchange oxygen; occurs among persons exposed to irritants such as corrosive chemical vapors or ammonia or chlorine etc.

{n: adult, grownup} a fully developed person from maturity onward
<-> juvenile

{n: adult} any mature animal

{n: alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, alveolar rhabdosarcoma} form of rhabdomyosarcoma occuring mainly in adolescents and young adults

{n: amphibian} cold-blooded vertebrate typically living on land but breeding in water; aquatic larvae undergo metamorphosis into adult form

{n: atypical pneumonia, primary atypical pneumonia, mycoplasmal pneumonia} an acute respiratory disease marked by high fever and coughing; caused by mycoplasma; primarily affecting children and young adults

{n: baby talk, babytalk, motherese} an adult's imitation of the speech of a young child

{n: baptism} a Christian sacrament signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth
"most churches baptize infants but some insist on adult baptism"

{n: baritone, baritone voice} the second lowest adult male singing voice

{n: barnacle, cerriped, cerripede} marine crustaceans with feathery food-catching appendages; free-swimming as larvae; as adults form a hard shell and live attached to submerged surfaces

{n: bass, bass voice, basso} the lowest adult male singing voice

{n: bass, basso} an adult male singer with the lowest voice

{n: beef, boeuf} meat from an adult domestic bovine

{n: blood pressure} the pressure of the circulating blood against the walls of the blood vessels; results from the systole of the left ventricle of the heart; sometimes measured for a quick evaluation of a person's health
"adult blood pressure is considered normal at 120/80 where the first number is the systolic pressure and the second is the diastolic pressure"

{n: brachycephalic} an adult with a short broad head

{n: bull} uncastrated adult male of domestic cattle

{n: cardiac output} the amount of blood pumped out by the ventricles in a given period of time
"a resting adult has a cardiac output of about three quarts a minute"

{n: cardinal vein} any of the major venous channels in primitive adult vertebrates and in embryos of higher vertebrates

{n: caregiver} a person who is responsible for attending to the needs of a child or dependent adult

{n: carnal abuse} any lascivious contact by an adult with the sexual organs of a child (especially not involving sexual intercourse)

{n: cartilage, gristle} tough elastic tissue; mostly converted to bone in adults

{n: celiac disease} a disorder in children and adults; inability to tolerate wheat protein (gluten); symptoms include foul-smelling diarrhea and emaciation; often accompanied by lactose intolerance

{n: cercaria} tadpole-shaped parasitic larva of a trematode worm; tail disappears in adult stage

{n: chinook, chinook salmon, king salmon, quinnat salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha} large Pacific salmon valued as food; adults die after spawning

{n: civil union} a voluntary union for life (or until divorce) of adult parties of the same sex
"parties to a civil union have all the same benefits, protections, and responsibilities under Vermont law as spouses in a marriage"

{n: cob} adult male swan

{n: cock, rooster} adult male chicken

{n: cockchafer, May bug, May beetle, Melolontha melolontha} any of various large European beetles destructive to vegetation as both larvae and adult

{n: cockhorse} anything used as a toy horse (such as a rocking horse or one knee of an adult)

{n: cock} adult male bird

{n: common eel, freshwater eel} eels that live in fresh water as adults but return to sea to spawn; found in Europe and America; marketed both fresh and smoked

{n: confirmation} a ceremony held in the synagogue (usually at Pentecost) to admit as adult members of the Jewish community young men and women who have successfully completed a course of study in Judaism

{n: continuing education} a program of instruction designed primarily for adult students who participate part-time

{n: contour feather} feathers covering the body of an adult bird and determining its shape

{n: countertenor, alto} the highest adult male singing voice

{n: creep} a pen that is fenced so that young animals can enter but adults cannot

{n: dickeybird, dickey-bird, dickybird, dicky-bird} small bird; adults talking to children sometimes use these words to refer to small birds

{n: dolichocephalic} an adult with a long narrow head

{n: dragonfly, darning needle, devil's darning needle, sewing needle, snake feeder, snake doctor, mosquito hawk, skeeter hawk} slender-bodied non-stinging insect having iridescent wings that are outspread at rest; adults and nymphs feed on mosquitoes etc.

{n: drake} adult male of a wild or domestic duck

{n: eggar, egger} moth having nonfunctional mouthparts as adults; larvae feed on tree foliage and spin egg-shaped cocoons

{n: fetoprotein, foetoprotein} any of several antigens that occur naturally in the fetus and sometimes in adults with cancer

{n: gee-gee} a word for horse used by children or in adult slang

{n: godchild} an infant who is sponsored by an adult (the godparent) at baptism

{n: hen, biddy} adult female chicken

{n: hen} adult female bird

{n: house} play in which children take the roles of father or mother or children and pretend to interact like adults
"the children were playing house"

{n: hydrocephalus, hydrocephaly} an abnormal condition in which cerebrospinal fluid collects in the ventricles of the brain; in infants it can cause abnormally rapid growth of the head and bulging fontanelles and a small face; in adults the symptoms are primarily neurological

{n: imago} an adult insect produced after metamorphosis

{n: infantilism} an abnormal condition in which an older child or adult retains infantile characteristics

{n: initiation, founding, foundation, institution, origination, creation, innovation, introduction, instauration} the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new
"she looked forward to her initiation as an adult"
"the foundation of a new scientific society"
"he regards the fork as a modern introduction"

{n: internal medicine, general medicine} the branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and (nonsurgical) treatment of diseases of the internal organs (especially in adults)

{n: juvenile, juvenile person} a youthful person
<-> adult

{n: kat, khat, qat, quat, cat, Arabian tea, African tea} the leaves of the shrub Catha edulis which are chewed like tobacco or used to make tea; has the effect of a euphoric stimulant
"in Yemen kat is used daily by 85% of adults"

{n: latchkey child} a school-age child who is home without adult supervision for part of the day (especially after school until a parent returns home from work)

{n: lepidopterous insect, lepidopteron, lepidopteran} insect that in the adult state has four wings more or less covered with tiny scales

{n: mallee hen} adult female mallee fowl

{n: man, adult male} an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)
"there were two women and six men on the bus"

{n: manfulness, manliness, virility} the trait of being manly; having the characteristics of an adult male

{n: man} an adult male person who has a manly character (virile and courageous competent)
"the army will make a man of you"

{n: mayfly, dayfly, shadfly} slender insect with delicate membranous wings having an aquatic larval stage and terrestrial adult stage usually lasting less than two days

{n: metamorphosis, metabolism} the marked and rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in some animals

{n: methylphenidate, Ritalin} central nervous system stimulant (trade name Ritalin) used in the treatment of narcolepsy in adults and attention deficit disorder in children

{n: mod} a British teenager or young adult in the 1960s; noted for their clothes consciousness and opposition to the rockers

{n: molluscum contagiosum} a virus disease of the skin marked by round white swellings; transmitted from person to person (most often in children or in adults with impaired immune function)

{n: myelencephalon} the posterior part of the hindbrain in developing vertebrates; forms the medulla oblongata in adults

{n: narrative, narration, story, tale} a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program
"his narrative was interesting"
"Disney's stories entertain adults as well as children"

{n: neoteny} an evolutionary trend to be born earlier so that development is cut off at an earlier stage and juvenile characteristics are retained in adults of the species

{n: neotony} the state resulting when juvenile characteristics are retained by the adults of a species

{n: non-standard speech} speech that differs from the usual accepted, easily recognizable speech of native adult members of a speech community

{n: orphanage, orphanhood} the condition of being a child without living parents
"his early orphanage shaped his character as an adult"

{n: osteoblastoma} benign tumor of bone and fibrous tissue; occurs in the vertebrae or femur or tibia or arm bones (especially in young adults)

{n: osteosarcoma, osteogenic sarcoma} malignant bone tumor; most common in children and young adults where it tends to affect the femur

{n: ox} an adult castrated bull of the genus Bos; especially Bos taurus

{n: pedophile, paedophile} an adult who is sexually attracted to children

{n: permanent tooth, adult tooth} any of the 32 teeth that replace the deciduous teeth of early childhood and (with luck) can last until old age

{n: pernicious anemia, pernicious anaemia, malignant anemia, malignant anaemia} a chronic progressive anemia of older adults; thought to result from a lack of intrinsic factor (a substance secreted by the stomach that is responsible for the absorption of vitamin B12)

{n: perphenazine, Triavil} tranquilizer and antidepressant (trade name Triavil) sometimes used as an antiemetic for adults

{n: phenylalanine} an essential amino acid found in proteins and needed for growth of children and for protein metabolism in children and adults; abundant in milk and eggs; it is normally converted to tyrosine in the human body

{n: pityriasis alba} common form of pityriasis (usually in children or young adults) characterized by round patches of depigmentation

{n: pleomorphic rhabdomyosarcoma, pleomorphic rhabdosarcoma} form of rhabdomyosarcoma that affects limb muscles of older adults

{n: plumule} down feather of young birds; persists in some adult birds

{n: polymorph} an organism that can assume more than one adult form as in the castes of ants or termites

{n: prerogative, privilege, perquisite, exclusive right} a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right)
"suffrage was the prerogative of white adult males"

{n: punk rocker, punk} a teenager or young adult who is a performer (or enthusiast) of punk rock and a member of the punk youth subculture

{n: pupa} an insect in the inactive stage of development (when it is not feeding) intermediate between larva and adult

{n: ram, tup} uncastrated adult male sheep
"a British term is `tup'"

{n: red marrow, red bone marrow} bone marrow of children and some adult bones that is required for the formation of red blood cells

{n: ricin, ricin toxin} a toxic protein extracted from castor beans; used as a chemical reagent; can be used as a bioweapon
"one milligram of ricin can kill an adult"

{n: rocker} a teenager or young adult in the 1960s who wore leather jackets and rode motorcycles

{n: rose chafer, rose beetle, Cetonia aurata} a common metallic green European beetle: larvae feed on plant roots and adults on leaves and flowers of e.g. roses

{n: rose chafer, rose bug, Macrodactylus subspinosus} common North American beetle: larvae feed on roots and adults on leaves and flowers of e.g. rose bushes or apple trees or grape vines

{n: rover, scouter} an adult member of the Boy Scouts movement

{n: sacral vertebra} one of 5 vertebrae in the human spine that fuse in the adult to form the sacrum

{n: scorpion shell} any of numerous tropical marine snails that as adults have the outer lip of the aperture produced into a series of long curved spines

{n: scuffer} a lightweight flexible sandal with a sturdy sole; worn as play shoes by children and as sportswear by adults

{n: security blanket} anything that an adult person uses to reduce their anxiety

{n: shaver} an adult male who shaves

{n: silverback} an adult male gorilla with grey hairs across the back

{n: sockeye, sockeye salmon, red salmon, blueback salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka} small salmon with red flesh; found in rivers and tributaries of the northern Pacific and valued as food; adults die after spawning

{n: sow} an adult female hog

{n: sprue, tropical sprue} a chronic disorder that occurs in tropical and non-tropical forms and in both children and adults; nutrients are not absorbed; symptoms include foul-smelling diarrhea and emaciation

{n: stag} adult male deer

{n: stallion, entire} uncastrated adult male horse

{n: stud, studhorse} adult male horse kept for breeding

{n: subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, SSPE, inclusion body encephalitis, subacute inclusion body encephalitis, sclerosing leukoencephalitis, subacute sclerosing leukoencephalitis, Bosin's disease, Dawson's encephalitis, Van Bogaert encephalitis} a rare chronic progressive encephalitis caused by the measles virus and occurring primarily in children and young adults; death usually occurs within three years; characterized by primary measles infection before the age of two years

{n: swan} stately heavy-bodied aquatic bird with very long neck and usually white plumage as adult

{n: tenor, tenor voice} the adult male singing voice above baritone

{n: tenor} an adult male with a tenor voice

{n: thrush} candidiasis of the oral cavity; seen mostly in infants or debilitated adults

{n: tolazamide, Tolinase} a drug (trade name Tolinase) used in treating stable adult-onset diabetes mellitus

{n: tolbutamide, Orinase} sulfonylurea; an oral antidiabetic drug (trade name Orinase) used in the treatment of adult-onset diabetes mellitus

{n: trombiculiid} mite that as nymph and adult feeds on early stages of small arthropods but whose larvae are parasitic on terrestrial vertebrates

{n: type II diabetes, non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, NIDDM, non-insulin-dependent diabetes, ketosis-resistant diabetes mellitus, ketosis-resistant diabetes, ketoacidosis-resistant diabetes mellitus, ketoacidosis-resistant diabetes, adult-onset diabetes mellitus, adult-onset diabetes, maturity-onset diabetes mellitus, maturity-onset diabetes, mature-onset diabetes} mild form of diabetes mellitus that develops gradually in adults; can be precipitated by obesity or severe stress or menopause or other factors; can usually be controlled by diet and hypoglycemic agents without injections of insulin

{n: universal suffrage} suffrage for all adults who are not disqualified by the laws of the country

{n: valine} an essential amino acid found in proteins; important for growth in children and nitrogen balance in adults

{n: vermillion flycatcher, firebird, Pyrocephalus rubinus mexicanus} tropical American flycatcher found as far north as southern Texas and Arizona; adult male has bright scarlet and black plumage

{n: white whale, beluga, Delphinapterus leucas} small northern whale that is white when adult

{n: woman, adult female} an adult female person (as opposed to a man)
"the woman kept house while the man hunted"

{n: womanhood, muliebrity} the state of being an adult woman

{n: womanliness, womanlike} the trait of being womanly; having the characteristics of an adult female

{n: xanthoma disseminatum} rare chronic xanthoma of adults n which orange or brownish papules develop on many surfaces of the body

{n: yellow marrow, yellow bone marrow} bone marrow that is yellow with fat; found at the ends of long bones in adults

{n: young buck, young man} a teenager or a young adult male

{n: youth culture} young adults (a generational unit) considered as a cultural class or subculture

{v: act, behave, do} behave in a certain manner ; show a certain behavior ; conduct or comport oneself
"You should act like an adult"
"Don't behave like a fool"
"What makes her do this way?"
"The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"

{v: admit} serve as a means of entrance
"This ticket will admit one adult to the show"

{v: dimple} produce dimples while smiling
"The child dimpled up to the adults"

{v: grow up} become an adult

{v: overprotect} protect excessively
"Don't overprotect your son--he is an adult now!"

{v: reverberate} have a long or continuing effect
"The discussions with my teacher reverberated throughout my adult life"


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