[soo-per-strey-tuh m, -strat-uh m, soo-per-strey-tuh m, -strat-uh m]
- an overlying stratum or layer.
- Historical Linguistics. a set of features of a language traceable to the influence of a language formerly spoken within the same society by a dominant group: English has a Norman-French superstratum.
Origin of superstratum
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Examples from the Web for superstratum
After a time the superstratum of rock, which is full of cracks and seams, is undermined and precipitated into the chasm below.The Falls of Niagara and Other Famous Cataracts
George W. Holley
Several pools, supplied by springs coming from under the superstratum of sandstone, were passed during the day.Journals of Australian Explorations
A C and F T Gregory
They are probably kept near to the surface of the earth by a superstratum of cold air.The Reason Why
- geology a layer or stratum overlying another layer or similar structure
- linguistics the language of a conquering or colonizing population as it supplants that of an indigenous population, as for example French and English in the CaribbeanCompare substratum (def. 8)
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