Pronounced: you-kuh-TAS-truh-fee, noun

Notes: I’m guessing that readers will be able to guess this meaning, but I found the origin interesting.

Yesterday’s word

The word pullulate means

  • to germinate or sprout; to breed or produce freely
  • to swarm or teem

When I thought this might be related to chickens, you can see above that the meaning(s) don’t mention chickens, so I was wrong. However, I was also right because the Latin noun from which this verb comes is pullus, which not only means “sprout”, but also “young of an animal” and specifically, a chick. This Latin root is the source of poult, pullet, and poultry. Our word originally referred to sprouting, budding, and breeding around the farm; the “swarm” meaning came later.

First usage

This word showed up in the early 1600s

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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