What does pullulate mean?

Definitions for pullulate
ˈpʌl yəˌleɪtpul·lu·late

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. teem, pullulate, swarmverb

    be teeming, be abuzz

    "The garden was swarming with bees"; "The plaza is teeming with undercover policemen"; "her mind pullulated with worries"

  2. pour, swarm, stream, teem, pullulateverb

    move in large numbers

    "people were pouring out of the theater"; "beggars pullulated in the plaza"

  3. shoot, spud, germinate, pullulate, bourgeon, burgeon forth, sproutverb

    produce buds, branches, or germinate

    "the potatoes sprouted"

  4. pullulateverb

    become abundant; increase rapidly

  5. pullulateverb

    breed freely and abundantly


  1. pullulateverb

    To rapidly multiply.

  2. pullulateverb

    To germinate.

  3. pullulateverb

    To teem with; to be filled with.

  4. Etymology: From the pullulatus, perfect passive participle of pullulo, from pullulus, diminutive of pullus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Pullulateverb

    To germinate; to bud.

    Etymology: pullulo, Lat. pulluler, Fr.


  1. pullulate

    Pullulate generally means to breed or produce abundantly, to teem or swarm, or to increase rapidly in number or amount. It can refer to living organisms such as animals, plants, bacteria, ideas, sentiments, or events.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pullulateverb

    to germinate; to bud; to multiply abundantly

  2. Etymology: [L. pullulatus, p. p. of pullulare to sprout, from pullulus a young animal, a sprout, dim. of pullus. See pullet.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pullulate

    pul′ū-lāt, v.i. to germinate, bud.—n. Pullulā′tion. [L.,—pullulus, a young animal, sprout—pullus. Cf. Pullet.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pullulate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pullulate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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  • berkembang biakIndonesian
  • krioelen, zich grote getale voortplanten, kiemen, zich ontwikkelenDutch
  • kiełkować, plenić się, mnożyć się, zakiełkowaćPolish

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    long and thin and often limp
    • A. lank
    • B. splay
    • C. sesquipedalian
    • D. bristly

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