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 for adult
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Adult \A*dult"\, a. [L. adultus, p. p. of adolescere, akin to
     alere to nourish: cf. F. adulte. See Adolescent, Old.]
     Having arrived at maturity, or to full size and strength;
     matured; as, an adult person or plant; an adult ape; an adult
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Adult \A*dult"\, n.
     A person, animal, or plant grown to full size and strength;
     one who has reached maturity.
     [1913 Webster]
     Note: In the common law, the term is applied to a person who
           has attained full age or legal majority; in the civil
           law, to males after the age of fourteen, and to females
           after twelve.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: (of animals) fully developed; "an adult animal"; "a grown
             woman" [syn: adult, big, full-grown, fully grown,
             grown, grownup]
      2: designed to arouse lust; "pornographic films and magazines";
         "adult movies" [syn: pornographic, adult]
      n 1: a fully developed person from maturity onward [syn:
           adult, grownup] [ant: juvenile, juvenile person]
      2: any mature animal

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  19 Moby Thesaurus words for "adult":
     aged, big, full-blown, full-fledged, full-grown, grown, grown up,
     grown-up, marriable, marriageable, mature, matured, maturescent,
     nubile, of age, of marriageable age, old, ripe, ripened

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  ADULT, in the civil law. An infant who, if a boy, has attained his full age
  of fourteen years, and if a girl, her full age of twelve. Domat, Liv. Prel.
  t. 2, s. 2, n. 8. In the common law an adult is considered one of full age.
  1 Swanst. R. 553.

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