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pullulate

[puhl-yuh-leyt] /ˈpʌl yəˌleɪt/
verb (used without object), pullulated, pullulating.
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.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; < Latin pullulātus (past participle of pullulāre to sprout), derivative of pullulus a sprout, young animal, diminutive of pullus; see pullet
Related forms
pullulation, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pullulate

pullulate

/ˈpʌljʊˌleɪt/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(of animals, etc) to breed rapidly or abundantly; teem; swarm
2.
(of plants or plant parts) to sprout, bud, or germinate
Derived Forms
pullulation, 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 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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