Word of the Day Archive
Tuesday October 5, 2010
1. To abound or swarm; be prolific or fertile.
2. To empty or pour out; discharge.
Sungei Buloh's waters teem with fish, monkeys abound at the Bukit Timah nature reserve, and there is a diving spot off a small island called Pulau Hantu.
-- Martin Abbugao, "Wildlife claws back in Singapore, with a little help," AFP, October, 2010.
The two writers are alike in that their best books have a historical basis; in that their pages teem with incidents, romantic yet realistic.
-- James Fenimore Cooper, William Kerr Wickes, The last of the Mohicans: a narrative of 1757
Teem springs from the Old English teman, "to produce, give birth."