Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wonderous Words Wednesday


n. pl. of stratum

1. A horizontal layer of material, especially one of several parallel layers arranged one on top of another.
2. Geology: A bed or layer of sedimentary rock having approximately the same composition throughout.
3. Any of the regions of the atmosphere, such as the troposphere, that occur as layers.
4. Biology: A layer of tissue: the epithelial stratum.
5. A level of society composed of people with similar social, cultural, or economic status.
6. One of a number of layers, levels, or divisions in an organized system: a complex poem with many strata of meaning.

From the book Swift as Desire (page 10) by Laura Esquivel.

The sentence is: "The billowing columns of mysterious, heavily scented smoke continuously rise up into the air in spirals, and I can't stop thinking that they are forming an umbilical cord that will connect my father with the celestial strata to take him back to the place from which he came.


  1. Lovely image in the sentence. I'm familiar with the word, but wouldn't have had the details to fully understand the image without the definitions. Thanks!

  2. Wow, what a beautiful quote. I'm always amazed what can happen when someone puts words together well. I knew this word (high school kid in science) but just a lovely sentence. I'm adding this book to my reading list.

  3. A beautiful word. I like the way the author used it in this sentence. So descriptive. I never thought about the variety of definitions for strata. One that isn't there is a dish I make called Eggs Strata. It's a layered casserole so I see now why it has that name.

  4. Joy Weese Moll- Glad you stopped by.

    Martha- Great idea adding the book to your list.

    Margot- Love the Eggs Strata.