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intr.v. pul·lu·lat·ed, pul·lu·lat·ing, pul·lu·lates
1. To breed rapidly or abundantly.
2. To be or increase in great numbers: "Ideas pullulated in his brain" (G.D. Dess).
3. To teem; swarm: a lagoon that pullulated with fish.
[Latin pullulāre, pullulāt-, from pullulus, diminutive of pullus, young fowl; see pullet.]
1. (Biology) (of animals, etc) to breed rapidly or abundantly; teem; swarm
2. (Botany) (of plants or plant parts) to sprout, bud, or germinate
[C17: from Latin pullulāre to sprout, from pullulus a baby animal, from pullus young animal]
v.i. -lat•ed, -lat•ing.
1. to germinate; sprout.
2. to breed or increase rapidly.
3. to swarm; teem.
[1610–20; < Latin pullulātus, past participle of pullulāre to sprout, derivative of pullulus a sprout, young animal, diminutive of pullus; see pullet]
Past participle: pullulated
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|Verb||1.||pullulate - be teeming, be abuzz; "The garden was swarming with bees"; "The plaza is teeming with undercover policemen"; "her mind pullulated with worries"|
crawl - be full of; "The old cheese was crawling with maggots"
|2.||pullulate - move in large numbers; "people were pouring out of the theater"; "beggars pullulated in the plaza"|
crowd together, crowd - to gather together in large numbers; "men in straw boaters and waxed mustaches crowded the verandah"
|3.||pullulate - produce buds, branches, or germinate; "the potatoes sprouted"|
grow - increase in size by natural process; "Corn doesn't grow here"; "In these forests, mushrooms grow under the trees"; "her hair doesn't grow much anymore"
germinate - cause to grow or sprout; "the plentiful rain germinated my plants"
|4.||pullulate - become abundant; increase rapidly|
increase - become bigger or greater in amount; "The amount of work increased"
|5.||pullulate - breed freely and abundantly|