Definition of subadult in English:



  • An animal that is not fully adult.

    ‘subadults were distinguished by their pelage’
    [as modifier] ‘subadult polar bears’
    • ‘Although most non-breeders and failed nesters left the breeding colony to molt, small flocks of molting adults and subadults without young were seen on Bylot Island every year.’
    • ‘Resident associates or betas were adults / subadults with home ranges that overlapped extensively with those of resident breeders and were directly observed interacting with breeding residents.’
    • ‘Last year, fires devastated the forests of Far Eastern Russia, where conservation efforts had apparently stabilised numbers of the Amur tiger at 300-400 adults and subadults.’
    • ‘The most difficult thing is to obtain different sized specimens to work with, because ideally you need material from hatchling to subadult to adult.’
    • ‘Adults and subadults also fed pups a higher proportion of prey biomass than juveniles of the same sex.’