pullulation

pullulate

[puhl-yuh-leyt]
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:
1610–20; < Latin pullulātus (past participle of pullulāre to sprout), derivative of pullulus a sprout, young animal, diminutive of pullus; see pullet

pullulation, noun
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pullulate (ˈpʌljʊˌleɪt)
 
vb
1.  (of animals, etc) to breed rapidly or abundantly; teem; swarm
2.  (of plants or plant parts) to sprout, bud, or germinate
 
[C17: from Latin pullulāre to sprout, from pullulus a baby animal, from pullus young animal]
 
pullu'lation
 
n

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pullulate
1619, from L. pullulatus, pp. of pullulare "grow, sprout," from pullulus, dim. of pullus "young animal."
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