sub·​adult | \ ˌsəb-ə-ˈdəlt How to pronounce subadult (audio) ; ˌsəb-ˈa-ˌdəlt \

Definition of subadult

: an individual that has passed through the juvenile period but not yet attained typical adult characteristics

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subadult adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Thankfully, that day came on March 25th, and the subadult loggerhead was released into the Gulf of Mexico with Mote staff cheering Chipi on for the happy occasion. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Sarasota Sea Turtle Hospital Releases Loggerhead "Chipi" Back into the Ocean," 1 Apr. 2020 Ten elephants—adult females, small calves at their sides, subadults also staying close—fled the throbbing din of rotors. David Quammen, National Geographic, "How one of Africa’s great parks is rebounding from war," 12 June 2019 This year, many subadult bears – usually 2.5 and 5 years old – are expected to be seen this summer. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "The Katmai bear cam is back: Watch the live stream here," 19 June 2018 Males accounted for 30-35 percent of the population, whether the turtles were juveniles, subadults, or mature. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Some Great Barrier Reef turtle populations produce nothing but females," 9 Jan. 2018 Among juveniles and subadults, females accounted for over 99 percent of the turtles sampled. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Some Great Barrier Reef turtle populations produce nothing but females," 9 Jan. 2018 The study found juvenile and subadult turtles were 67.8% and 64.5% female, respectively. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "99% of these sea turtles were born girls. Is global warming to blame?," 9 Jan. 2018 The scientists estimated that a female bear would need to eat either one adult ringed seal, three subadult ringed seals or 19 newborn ringed seal pups every 10 to 12 days to remain in energy balance. Author: Amina Khan, Anchorage Daily News, "Polar bears burn more calories than thought. Can they survive climate change?," 2 Feb. 2018 Out of a population of about 200,000 turtles, scientists found that 99.1 percent of juveniles were female, 99.8 percent of subadults and 86.8 percent of the entire population was female. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Climate Change Is Turning Green Sea Turtles Female. That’s a Problem," 9 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of subadult

1885, in the meaning defined above

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15 Apr 2020

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“Subadult.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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