A*dult", n. A person, animal, or plant
grown to full size and strength; one who has reached maturity.
☞ 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.
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 age.