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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Recent Examples on the Web The last one was published in 2011, and estimated 701 adult and subadult bears in Garrett and Allegany counties. Kimberly Seif,, "Trying to limit bear-human interaction, Maryland officials suggest keeping food, garbage and grills out of sight," 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, "New Fossils Suggest Tyrannosaurs May Have Hunted in Packs," 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, "Four gray whales found dead in eight days in San Francisco Bay area," 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, "Seventy-Five Scientific Research Projects You Can Contribute to Online," 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, "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

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First Known Use of subadult

1885, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2021

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“Subadult.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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