[ puhl-yuh-leyt ]
/ ˈpʌl yəˌleɪt /

verb (used without object), pul·lu·lat·ed, pul·lu·lat·ing.

to send forth sprouts, buds, etc.; germinate; sprout.
to breed, produce, or create rapidly.
to increase rapidly; multiply.
to exist abundantly; swarm; teem.
to be produced as offspring.

Nearby words

  1. pullman kitchen,
  2. pullman, george mortimer,
  3. pullorum disease,
  4. pullout,
  5. pullover,
  6. pullulation,
  7. pullus,
  8. pulmo,
  9. pulmo-,
  10. pulmoaortic

Origin of pullulate

1610–20; < Latin pullulātus (past participle of pullulāre to sprout), derivative of pullulus a sprout, young animal, diminutive of pullus; see pullet

Related formspul·lu·la·tion, noun

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/ (ˈpʌljʊˌleɪt) /

verb (intr)

(of animals, etc) to breed rapidly or abundantly; teem; swarm
(of plants or plant parts) to sprout, bud, or germinate
Derived Formspullulation, noun

Word Origin for pullulate

C17: from Latin pullulāre to sprout, from pullulus a baby animal, from pullus young animal

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Word Origin and History for pullulate



1610s, from Latin pullulatus, past participle of pullulare "put forth, grow, sprout, shoot up, come forth," from pullulus, diminutive of pullus "young animal" (see foal (n.)). Related: Pullulated; pullulating.

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