One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Situated above or in the upper part of the temporal region (of the head), the temporal bone (of the skull), or the temporal lobe (of the brain).
A small bone situated above the temporal bone in the skull of certain fishes and reptiles.
= supertemporal. Also as noun: (with the) that which is supratemporal.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Edward Griffith (1790–1858), naturalist. From supra- + temporal, after French surtemporal or its etymon scientific Latin supratemporalis<br>mid 19th century. From supra- + temporal. Compare earlier supertemporal.
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