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underlayer

[uhn-der-ley-er] /ˈʌn dərˌleɪ ər/
noun
1.
a layer lying beneath another; substratum.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; under- + layer
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  • The entire panel, except for the hands and face, was gilded over an underlayer of red.
  • Eider down, the fluffy underlayer of feathers, is an excellent insulator.
  • The ash ponds were constructed by removing topsoil and installing a clay dam keyed into the weathered shale underlayer.

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