Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Bursting through or as if through a surface or covering.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Which emerges, or bursts through.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Breaking out; -- said of certain fungi which burst through the texture of leaves.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In bot, prominent, as if bursting through the cortical layer or epidermis, as is seen in some tetraspores of algæ, certain structures in lichens, and many leaf-fungi.

Etymologies

Latin ērumpēns, ērumpent-, present participle of ērumpere, to burst out; see erupt.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ērumpēns, present active participle of ērumpō ("break forth"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Was it so peculiar to scan each of these acquaintances respectively with circumspect glances, to do so apprehensively (more apprehensively and yet more often to the male than the female of this brother and sister combination as she, whom he barely knew at all, was nearer and the sexual interest would be more conspicuous), and to let the erumpent odors of both, imagined or real, send him on

    An Apostate: Nawin of Thais

  • These communities are, and abut, the nascent waters borne from springs emerging with erumpent display.

    CounterPunch

  • i love it so much that i can't contain an erumpent smile. ok, so that was stretching, but it sort of works. in other news, i don't want to go to work today. i want to snuggle down into my blankets and finish reading my book. it won't happen, but it's a nice thought.

    bebelua Diary Entry

  • He had not even climbed far into sensual decadence, a different mountain entirely, with play for the playboy tearing his crepe paper heart the inwardly lachrymose and outwardly debonair way that it did, with these bouts of sensing a woman's genitalia as vapid holes being banged as empty drums from inside by a man's stick; these conclusions that sex was just a bored erumpent man banging on any tin trash can in reach for a bit of sound and vibration, and brief moments of total, pellucid understanding called enlightenment as to the absolute absurdity of an instrument of urination being used for intimacy.

    An Apostate: Nawin of Thais

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  • Bursting forth. What a great word.

    February 23, 2007