verb ir·rupt \i-ˈrəpt\

Definition of IRRUPT

intransitive verb
:  to rush in forcibly or violently
of a natural population :  to undergo a sudden upsurge in numbers especially when natural ecological balances and checks are disturbed
:  erupt 1c <the crowd irrupted in a fervor of patriotism — Time>
ir·rup·tion \-ˈrəp-shən\ noun

Origin of IRRUPT

Latin irruptus, past participle of irrumpere, from in- + rumpere to break — more at reave
First Known Use: 1886

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra

Rhymes with IRRUPT


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