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pullulate

[puhl-yuh-leyt]
verb (used without object), pul·lu·lat·ed, pul·lu·lat·ing.
  1. to send forth sprouts, buds, etc.; germinate; sprout.
  2. to breed, produce, or create rapidly.
  3. to increase rapidly; multiply.
  4. to exist abundantly; swarm; teem.
  5. to be produced as offspring.
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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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Historical Examples

  • Pullulation was forced, swift, marvellous; one could almost hear the grain grow.

    Desert Conquest

    A. M. Chisholm


British Dictionary definitions for pullulation

pullulate

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

Word Origin

C17: from Latin pullulāre to sprout, from pullulus a baby animal, from pullus young animal
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Word Origin and History for pullulation

n.

1640s, noun of action from pullulate.

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pullulate

v.

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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