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n. pl. su·per·stra·ta (-strā′tə, -străt′ə)
1. One layer or stratum superimposed on another.
2. Linguistics The language of a later, invading people imposed on and leaving features in an indigenous language.
n, pl -ta (-tə) or -tums
1. (Geological Science) geology a layer or stratum overlying another layer or similar structure
2. (Linguistics) 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 substratum8
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|Noun||1.||superstratum - any stratum or layer superimposed on another|
stratum - one of several parallel layers of material arranged one on top of another (such as a layer of tissue or cells in an organism or a layer of sedimentary rock)
|2.||superstratum - the language of a later invading people that is imposed on an indigenous population and contributes features to their language|
language, linguistic communication - a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols; "he taught foreign languages"; "the language introduced is standard throughout the text"; "the speed with which a program can be executed depends on the language in which it is written"