pullulate

[ 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 pullulate

pul·lu·la·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pullulate

pullulate
/ (ˈpʌljʊˌleɪt) /

verb (intr)

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

Derived forms of pullulate

pullulation, noun

Word Origin for pullulate

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