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

Other Words from subadult

subadult adjective

Examples of subadult in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet, the researches pointed out that the individuals doing this ranged from subadult to adult. Melissa Cristina Márquez, Forbes, 29 June 2022 Two subadult bears born to Grizzly 610 — 399’s daughter — were darted or trapped and killed after unrelenting spates of conflict. Mike Koshmrl, USA TODAY, 31 Oct. 2021 The last one was published in 2011, and estimated 701 adult and subadult bears in Garrett and Allegany counties. Kimberly Seif,, 27 Apr. 2021 The size of the bones suggest the group was made up of one adult around 22 years old, one subadult and two or three juveniles that appear to be roughly four years old, reports Cameron Duke for the New Scientist. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Apr. 2021 An adult female gray whale was found on April 1, another adult female on April 3, and two more - a subadult male and adult female - were found Thursday. Paulina Firozi, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Apr. 2021 With a bit of training, volunteers can learn how to differentiate between a calf, a subadult (grey) or an adult (white)—and even identify individuals using scars or unique pigmentation—in underwater videos and images. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 June 2020 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, 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, 12 June 2019 See More

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1885, in the meaning defined above

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“Subadult.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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