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Definition of "pullulate" []

  • To put forth sprouts or buds; germinate. (verb-intransitive)
  • To breed rapidly or abundantly. (verb-intransitive)
  • To teem; swarm: a lagoon that pullulated with tropical fish. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pullulate" in a sentence
  • "At first "pullulate" referred to sprouting, budding, and breeding around the farm; only later did it gain its"
  • "To remember the history of "pullulate," think chickens."
  • "This may sound like odd advice, but it makes sense if you know that "pullulate" traces ultimately to the Latin noun "pullus," which means not only "sprout," but also "young of an animal" and, specifically,"