irruption irruption

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a sudden violent entrance; a bursting in
  2. (n) a sudden sharp increase in the relative numbers of a population
  3. (n) a sudden violent spontaneous occurrence (usually of some undesirable condition)

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Usage(s):

  1. Imagine their horror when they heard that Joyce had become one, and had been arrested for making an irruption into the sacred House of Commons.
  2. A cat, scared witless by the angel's irruption, bounds away, back arched--you can almost hear it hiss.

News

  1. Snowy-Owl Migration to US One of Biggest on Record

    Snowy owls — large, fluffy, white birds typically found in the Arctic and rarely seen south of the Great Lakes — have swooped down upon the eastern United States in greater numbers than at any time in at least 50 years, one bird expert says. This migration of snowy owls southward is called an irruption, and this is the "largest of its kind in recent memory," said Kevin McGowan, a bird expert at ...
    on December 17, 2013     Source: LiveScience.com via Yahoo! News

  2. Sound off: Snowy owls

    "The sudden influx of these birds, called an ‘irruption,’ may be the first wave. More Snowy Owls are poised to head south looking for food and will be attracted to wide-open expanses, such as airports, because they resemble their native tundra. ...
    on December 11, 2013     Source: Cornell News Service

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