imbricate

[adj. im-bri-kit, -keyt; v. im-bri-keyt]
adjective
1.
overlapping in sequence, as tiles or shingles on a roof.
2.
of, pertaining to, or resembling overlapping tiles, as decoration or drawings.
3.
Biology. overlapping like tiles, as scales or leaves.
4.
characterized by or as if by overlapping shingles.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), imbricated, imbricating.
5.
to overlap, as tiles or shingles.

Origin:
1650–60; < Late Latin imbricātus tiled with imbrices, shaped like such a tile or tiling, equivalent to imbric- (stem of imbrex) imbrex + -ātus -ate1

imbricately, adverb
imbricative, adjective
nonimbricate, adjective
nonimbricately, adverb
nonimbricated, adjective
nonimbricating, adjective
nonimbricative, adjective
subimbricate, adjective
subimbricately, adverb
subimbricated, adjective
subimbricative, adjective
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imbricate
 
adj
1.  architect relating to or having tiles, shingles, or slates that overlap
2.  botany (of leaves, scales, etc) overlapping each other
 
vb
3.  (tr) to decorate with a repeating pattern resembling scales or overlapping tiles
 
[C17: from Latin imbricāre to cover with overlapping tiles, from imbrex pantile]
 
'imbricately
 
adv
 
imbri'cation
 
n

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imbricate im·bri·cate (ĭm'brĭ-kāt') or im·bri·cat·ed (ĭm'brĭ-kā'tĭd)
adj.
Having the edges overlapping in a regular arrangement like roof tiles or the scales of a fish.


im'bri·ca'tion n.
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Example sentences
To imbricate more deeply ourselves into the flesh of the world.
Involucral bracts in one series, not imbricate, sometimes with a few reduced
  bracts below.
The sepals are imbricate, and the inner ones have teeth with bulbous glandular
  tips along their edges.
Calyx not tubular, the sepals distinct and imbricate.
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