- 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.
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
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Examples from the Web for pullulate
The parties too, that already began to pullulate, were not better satisfied with the issue of the Champ de Mai.Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. II
Fleury de Chaboulon.
- (of animals, etc) to breed rapidly or abundantly; teem; swarm
- (of plants or plant parts) to sprout, bud, or germinate
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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