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irrupt

(ĭ-rŭpt′)
intr.v. ir·rupted, ir·rupting, ir·rupts
1. To break or burst in: The boys irrupted into the kitchen.
2. Ecology To increase rapidly in number, especially beyond the normal range: snowy owls that irrupted southward.

ir·rup′tion n.
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A theology grounded in the irruption of reality has, it is worth repeating, radical roots.
The irruption of reality in Latin America accompanied an epistemological rupture in theology.
Without an irruption of reality and a rupture of the way of knowing intellectively, the concept can be correct, but exceedingly trivial.
Their phenomenal irruption, dominated by darker-marked juveniles and females, now affords us a special opportunity to observe them without having to venture north to the tundra.
Something abnormal may be happening in the Arctic, though, too, as we've now had an unprecedented three consecutive irruption years.
Erica Dunn, a biologist with the Canadian Wildlife Service, documented plenty of winter finch irruptions as the director of the Ontario Winter Feeder Bird Survey and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology's Project FeederWatch, two volunteer-based bird- monitoring efforts.
Key words: rough-legged hawk, Buteo lagopus Pontoppidan, breeding distribution, clear-cut, irruption, nomadism, Newfoundland, predator-prey cycles
Mots cles: distribution de la nidification, buse pattue, Buteo lagopus Pontoppidan, coupe a blanc, irruption, nomadisme, Terre-Neuve, cycles predateur-proie
The tree seed crop, normally plentiful in the forests of Ontario and Quebec, has in some cases failed completely, causing what is known as a bird irruption.
This year's small bird irruption followed a banner year for the eye candy of wild birds - snowy owls.
Bird irruptions, however, are as unpredictable as volcanic eruptions.
He analyzed 10 years of data from National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count and found a general but not total synchrony of irruptions among the eight boreal seed-eaters as well as a biennial pattern to their southward flights.