- 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
Examples from the Web for pullulation
Historical Examples of pullulation
Pullulation was forced, swift, marvellous; one could almost hear the grain grow.Desert Conquest
A. M. Chisholm
- (of animals, etc) to breed rapidly or abundantly; teem; swarm
- (of plants or plant parts) to sprout, bud, or germinate
Word Origin for pullulate
1640s, noun of action from 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.