Etymology
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pullulate (v.)

"to germinate, bud," 1610s, from Latin pullulatus, past participle of pullulare "put forth, grow, sprout, shoot up, come forth," from pullulus, diminutive of pullus "young animal" (from PIE root *pau- (1) "few, little"). Related: Pullulated; pullulating.

updated on January 29, 2021

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Definitions of pullulate from WordNet

pullulate (v.)
be teeming, be abuzz;
her mind pullulated with worries
Synonyms: teem / swarm
pullulate (v.)
move in large numbers;
beggars pullulated in the plaza
Synonyms: pour / swarm / stream / teem
pullulate (v.)
produce buds, branches, or germinate;
Synonyms: shoot / spud / germinate / bourgeon / burgeon forth / sprout
pullulate (v.)
become abundant; increase rapidly;
pullulate (v.)
breed freely and abundantly;
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