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.
- Compare substratum.
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How to use superstratum in a sentence
Many of the best have a substratum of stones and sand, and a thin superstratum of vegetable earth.A History of Champagne | Henry Vizetelly
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
The soil is generally deep, more or less yellow, and somewhat clayey; the hollows having a thin superstratum of black mould.Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and The | William Griffith
They are probably kept near to the surface of the earth by a superstratum of cold air.The Reason Why | Anonymous
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
British Dictionary definitions for superstratum
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 Caribbean: Compare substratum (def. 8)
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