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1 [teem]
verb (used without object)
to abound or swarm; be prolific or fertile (usually followed by with ).
Obsolete. to be or become pregnant; bring forth young.
verb (used with object)
Obsolete. to produce (offspring).

before 900; Middle English temen, Old English tēman, tīeman to produce (offspring), derivative of tēam team

teemer, noun

1. overflow, brim, overrun, bristle.
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teem1 (tiːm)
vb (usually foll by with)
1.  to be prolific or abundant (in); abound (in)
2.  obsolete to bring forth (young)
[Old English tēman to produce offspring; related to West Saxon tīeman; see team]

teem2 (tiːm)
1.  (intr; often foll by down or with rain) to pour in torrents: it's teeming down
2.  (tr) to pour or empty out
[C15 temen to empty, from Old Norse tœma; related to Old English tōm, Old High German zuomīg empty]

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Word Origin & History

"abound, swarm," O.E. teman (Mercian), tieman (W.Saxon) "give birth to, produce," from P.Gmc. *taumijanan, from PIE *deuk- "to lead" (see duke). Related to team in its now-obsolete O.E. sense of "family, brood of young animals." The meaning "be fertile,
abound, swarm" is first recorded 1593; teeming in this sense is from 1715.

"to flow copiously," c.1300, from O.N. toema "to empty," from tomr "empty," cognate with O.E. tom "empty." The original notion is of "to empty a vessel," thus "to pour out."
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