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Monday, March 06, 2006

Word for the week: proliferation

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

Main Entry: pro·lif·er·ate
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): -at·ed; -at·ing
Etymology: back-formation from proliferation, from French prolifération, from proliférer to proliferate, from prolifère reproducing freely, from Latin proles + -fer -ferous in transitive senses 1 : to grow by rapid production of new parts, cells, buds, or offspring 2 : to increase in number as if by proliferating : MULTIPLYtransitive senses : to cause to grow by proliferating- pro·lif·er·a·tion--noun- pro·lif·er·a·tive--adjective

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