overlain

[ oh-ver-leyn ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈleɪn /

verb

past participle of overlie.

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overlie
[ oh-ver-lahy ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈlaɪ /

verb (used with object), o·ver·lay, o·ver·lain, o·ver·ly·ing.

to lie over or upon, as a covering or stratum.
to smother (an infant) by lying upon it, as in sleep.

Origin of overlie

First recorded in 1125–75, overlie is from the Middle English word overlien, overliggen. See over-, lie2
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British Dictionary definitions for overlain

overlie
/ (ˌəʊvəˈlaɪ) /

verb -lies, -lying, -lay or -lain (tr)

to lie or rest uponCompare overlay
to kill (a baby or newborn animal) by lying upon it
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