[ 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.
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Origin of pullulate
First recorded in 1610–20; from Latin pullulāt(us) (past participle of pullulāre “to sprout, bring forth young”), derivative of pullulus “a sprout, nestling, chick,” diminutive of pullus “foal, young of an animal”; see origin at pullet
OTHER WORDS FROM pullulatepul·lu·la·tion, noun
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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.
British Dictionary definitions for pullulate
/ (ˈpʌljʊˌleɪt) /
(of animals, etc) to breed rapidly or abundantly; teem; swarm
(of plants or plant parts) to sprout, bud, or germinate
Derived forms of pullulatepullulation, noun
Word Origin for pullulate
C17: from Latin pullulāre to sprout, from pullulus a baby animal, from pullus young animal
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