- 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
Related Words for pullulateprosper, brim, crowd, burst, flow, swell, abound, pour, shower, swarm, produce, jam, overrun, bear, bristle, rain, overflow, crawl, grow, bustle
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Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin 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.