overlie

[oh-ver-lahy]
verb (used with object), overlay, overlain, overlying.
1.
to lie over or upon, as a covering or stratum.
2.
to smother (an infant) by lying upon it, as in sleep.

Origin:
1125–75; Middle English overlien, overliggen. See over-, lie2

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overlie (ˌəʊvəˈlaɪ)
 
vb , -lies, -lying, -lay, -lain
1.  Compare overlay to lie or rest upon
2.  to kill (a baby or newborn animal) by lying upon it

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Clay materials that overlie bedrock are generally thick.
The volcanic rocks overlie older stream deposits of sandstone.
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