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overstory

[oh-ver-stawr-ee, -stohr-ee] /ˈoʊ vərˌstɔr i, -ˌstoʊr i/
noun, plural overstories.
1.
the uppermost layer of foliage in a forest, forming the canopy.
Origin of overstory
1480-1490
1480-90, for an earlier sense; 1955-60 for current sense; over- + story2
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