Meaning of substratum
Pronunciation: (sub'strā"tum, -strat"um, sub-strā'tum, -strat'um), [key]
— pl. -stra•ta stra•tums.
- something that is spread or laid under something else; a stratum or layer lying under another.
- something that underlies or serves as a basis or foundation.
- the subsoil.
- the base or material on which a nonmotile organism lives or grows.
- substance, considered as that which supports accidents or attributes.
- a layer of material placed directly on a film or plate as a foundation for the sensitive emulsion.
- a set of features of a language traceable to the influence of an earlier language that it has replaced, esp. among a subjugated population:quatre-vingts (“four twenties”), may reflect a Celtic substratum. Cf. The French word for 80,
- substratum (Thesaurus)