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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: A layer of something, as rock, tissue, people at an economic level, etc.
From Latin stratum (cover), past participle of sternere (to spread). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ster- (to spread), which also gave us structure, industry, destroy, street, Russian perestroika, stratagem, and stratocracy. Earliest documented use: 1599. Nowadays, the word is often seen in its plural form used as a singular, similar to agenda, errata, etc.
“On the highway from Damascus to Aleppo, towns and villages lie desolate. A new stratum of dead cities has joined the ones from Roman times.”
Smaller, in Ruins, and More Sectarian; The Economist (London, UK); Jun 30, 2018.
See more usage examples of stratum in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:I'm sometimes asked "Why do you spend so much of your time and money talking about kindness to animals when there is so much cruelty to men?" I answer: "I am working at the roots." -George T. Angell, reformer (5 Jun 1823-1909)
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