overstory

noun
over·​sto·​ry | \ ˈō-vər-ˌstȯr-ē How to pronounce overstory (audio) \

Definition of overstory

1 : the layer of foliage in a forest canopy
2 : the trees contributing to an overstory

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On one occasion a whole roasted sea bream hit the tables with soft skin, maybe dampened by its overstory of an otherwise colorful and enjoyable salad of radishes and cranberry beans. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "With Marisol inside the MCA, Jason Hammel paints a new canvas," 13 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of overstory

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of overstory was in 1914

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