- to sprout out; germinate; bud
- to breed quickly
- to spring up in abundance; teem or swarm
Origin of pullulate; from Classical Latin pullulatus, past participle of pullulare, to spread out, sprout ; from pullulus, diminutive of pullus: see poultry
intransitive verbpul·lu·lat·ed, pul·lu·lat·ing, pul·lu·lates
- To breed rapidly or abundantly.
- To be or increase in great numbers: “Ideas pullulated in his brain” (G.D. Dess).
- To teem; swarm: a lagoon that pullulated with fish.
Origin of pullulateLatin pullulare, pullulat-, from pullulus, diminutive of pullus, young fowl; see pullet.
(third-person singular simple present pullulates, present participle pullulating, simple past and past participle pullulated)