Definition of superjacent in English:



  • Lying over or above something else; overlying.

    • ‘The taxonomic diversity is higher than in the underlying Kope Formation and the superjacent upper Arnheim-lower Waynesville interval.’
    • ‘Higher in the Sheinwoodian Slite Group and in the superjacent Homerian Mulde Formation, morphotype C appears which has a distinctly enlarged first denticle succeeding the fang.’
    • ‘The top of the P. undatus zone is defined by the first occurrence of Plectodina tenuis, the name bearer of the superjacent zone.’
    • ‘It was probably deposited in deeper water environments than the underlying Fairview Formation and the superjacent Bellevue strata but probably in shallower water environments than most of the Kope Formation.’


Late 16th century: from Latin superjacent-, from super- ‘over’ + jacere ‘to lie’.