from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To put forth sprouts or buds; germinate.
- intransitive v. To breed rapidly or abundantly.
- intransitive v. To teem; swarm: a lagoon that pullulated with tropical fish.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To rapidly multiply.
- v. To germinate.
- v. To teem with; to be filled with.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To germinate; to bud; to multiply abundantly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To germinate; bud.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. move in large numbers
- v. breed freely and abundantly
- v. be teeming, be abuzz
- v. produce buds, branches, or germinate
- v. become abundant; increase rapidly
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,
May a corroding colony of carking cares be ever ready to pullulate afresh out of the secret springs of your anticipated comforts! and may the purgatorial pitch of the Slough of Despond envelope you eternally like flies in amber!
Therefore spodizators, gesinins, memains, and parazons, be not culpable of dilatory protractions in the apposition of every re-roborating species, but rather let them pullulate and superabound on the tables.
His favorite ejaculation, "Lord!" occurs but once that I have observed in 1660, never in '61, twice in' 62, and at least five times in '63; after which the "Lords" may be said to pullulate like herrings, with here and there a solitary "damned," as it were a whale among the shoal.
"His favourite ejaculation, 'Lord!' occurs," he declares, "but once that I have observed in 1660, never in '61, twice in' 62, and at least five times in '63; after which the' Lords 'may be said to pullulate like herrings, with here and there a solitary' damned, 'as it were a whale among the shoal."
There is no fear that the professors who pullulate all over the Baltic Plain will overcome the
Hotels will appear out of the ground, guides and touts will pullulate at the railway station, the tour of the ruins will be mapped out, and the tourists and globe - trotters of the whole planet will follow that tour in batches like staring sheep.
Boccalini's _Ragguagli di Parnaso_, Bracciolini's _Scherno degli Dei_, have a touch of Tassoni's humor in them; while Achillini and Preti limp somewhat feebly after Marino's Alcibidean swagger, and endless pastorals pullulate from Guarini's tragi-comedy.