/ˈɪmbrəkeɪt/ (say 'imbruhkayt)

adjective Also, imbricated.
1. bent and hollowed like a pantile.
2. of, like, or decorated with lines or curves resembling overlapping roof tiles.
3. Architecture of or relating to tiles, slates, shingles, etc., which overlap.
4. Biology overlapping like tiles, as scales, leaves, etc.
5. characterised by overlapping scales.
verb (imbricated, imbricating)
verb (t)
6. to overlap like tiles or shingles.
verb (i)
7. to be arranged in an overlapping manner.
{Latin imbricātus, past participle, covered with gutter tiles}
imbricately, adverb
imbricative, adjective

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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  • imbricate — I. adjective Etymology: Late Latin imbricatus, past participle of imbricare to cover with pantiles, from Latin imbric , imbrex pantile, from imbr , imber rain; akin to Greek ombros rain Date: circa 1610 lying lapped over each other in regular… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • imbricate — overlapping like shingles on a roof (with reference to scales). Sometimes used to indicate a complex pattern made up of small parts …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • imbricate — imbricately, adv. imbricative, adj. adj. /im bri kit, kayt /; v. /im bri kayt /, adj., v., imbricated, imbricating. adj. 1. overlapping in sequence, as tiles or shingles on a roof. 2. of, pertaining to, or resembling overlapping tiles, as… …   Universalium

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  • imbricate —    Having overlapping edges, such as scales or the petals of a flower …   Forensic science glossary

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