Definition of Pullulate

1. Verb. Be teeming, be abuzz. "The streets pullulate with crowds"; "Her mind pullulated with worries"

Exact synonyms: Swarm, Teem
Generic synonyms: Buzz, Hum, Seethe
Specialized synonyms: Crawl
Derivative terms: Swarm, Swarm
Also: Teem In



2. Verb. Move in large numbers. "The crowds pullulate in the streets"; "Beggars pullulated in the plaza"
Exact synonyms: Pour, Stream, Swarm, Teem
Generic synonyms: Crowd, Crowd Together
Specialized synonyms: Pour Out, Spill Out, Spill Over
Derivative terms: Stream, Swarm

3. Verb. Produce buds, branches, or germinate. "The potatoes sprouted"
Exact synonyms: Bourgeon, Burgeon Forth, Germinate, Shoot, Sprout, Spud
Generic synonyms: Grow
Related verbs: Germinate
Derivative terms: Germ, Germination, Pullulation, Shoot, Sprout, Sprout, Sprouting

4. Verb. Become abundant; increase rapidly.
Generic synonyms: Increase
Derivative terms: Pullulation

5. Verb. Breed freely and abundantly.
Generic synonyms: Breed, Multiply

Definition of Pullulate

1. v. i. To germinate; to bud; to multiply abundantly.

Definition of Pullulate

1. Verb. To rapidly multiply. ¹

2. Verb. To germinate. ¹

3. Verb. To teem with; to be filled with. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pullulate

1. [v -LATED, -LATING, -LATES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Pullulate

pullout
pullouts
pullover
pullovers
pulls
pulls a train
pulls one's head in
pulls one's own weight
pulls one's weight
pulls over
pulls teeth
pulls together
pullulan
pullulanase
pullulans
pullulate (current term)
pullulate with
pullulated
pullulates
pullulating
pullulation
pullulations
pullup
pullups
pully
pulmo
pulmocutaneous
pulmograde
pulmometer
pulmometers

Literary usage of Pullulate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"produce (young), procreate, conceive (in the womb), engender, propagate; spec, spawn (contemptuous), bear, pullulate, inbreed. Antonyms: see KILL. 2. ..."

2. Philosophy and Theology: Being the First Edinburgh University Gifford Lectures by James Hutchison Stirling (1890)
"May we suppose, then, that he sees the beaks of these finches pullulate and pullulate into the new species which he describes and draws in his book ? ..."

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