CHILD - (plural:
children) is a boy or girl who has not reached
puberty, but also refers to offspring of any age. Adults remain the
children of their parents, no matter what their age. It can be applied
to non-human offspring, as in the child node of a tree.
The legal definition of "child" is interchangeable with minor and may
vary by country, in keeping with cultural conceptions.
The Convention on the Rights of the
Child defines a child as "every
human being below the age of 18 years unless under the law applicable
to the child, majority is attained earlier".
New York court ruling in 2006 on
the eviction of a pregnant woman,
the court declared that her child was equally protected under the law
although the eviction notice was served before the child was born.