e·bul·lient (ĭ-blyənt, ĭ-bŭl-)
1. Zestfully enthusiastic.
2. Boiling or seeming to boil; bubbling.
[Latin ēbulliēns, ēbullient-, present participle of ēbullīre, to bubble up : ē-, ex-, up, out; see EX- + bullīre, to bubble, boil.]
Usage Note: Traditionally, ebullient is pronounced (ĭ-bŭlyənt), with a short u in the second syllable, as in gull. This is apparently still the preferred pronunciation in British English. In American English, the pronunciation (ĭ-blyənt), with the second syllable like bull, is now equally common.
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