Definition of erumpent
1 : tending to grow out vigorously from a substrate so as to burst through or rise above its surface certain erumpent fungi that parasitize leaves
2 of the fruiting bodies of some fungi and algae : grown or burst through a surface (as of a host's tissue) so as to form a projecting mass the erumpent fruiting bodies of some rusts erumpent acervuli forming black dots on the leaves
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Origin and Etymology of erumpent
Latin erumpent-, erumpens, present participle of erumpere
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