verb[no object] (often as adjective pullulating)
- 1Breed or spread prolifically or rapidly: a pullulating little swarm of fishMore example sentences
- And books, everywhere, sprouting like mushrooms in a greenhouse, pullulating on shelves, in shoots that teeter at navel height like cubist stalagmites.
- The hardest, foulest, most odious fact of all that he has to acknowledge is that much of his uncle, blood-kin truly, as of his mother, and no doubt his greatly admired father as well, is pullulating in him and in all of us.
- People have had patches of their skin sterilized: cleaned of all those pullulating bacterial parasites.
- 1.1Be very crowded and lively: our pullulating megalopolisMore example sentences
- Although he never married, Hooker's flat on the Brighton sea-front pullulated with friends, widows of friends and innumerable godchildren.
- This was early Tharp, and pullulated with groundbreaking ideas.
- Lilywhite wards and the astringent smell of disinfectant had turned into a sad and pullulating slum, the saving grace being the medical orderlies who had refused to surrender.
early 17th century: from Latin pullulat- 'sprouted', from the verb pullulare, from pullulus, diminutive of pullus 'young animal'.
More definitions of pullulateDefinition of pullulate in:
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