imbrication

[im-bri-key-shuhn]
noun
1.
an overlapping, as of tiles or shingles.
2.
a decoration or pattern resembling this.
3.
Surgery. overlapping of layers of tissue in the closure of wounds or in the correction of defects.
4.
Geology, shingling.

Origin:
1640–50; imbricate + -ion

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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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imbrication
1650, from Fr. imbrication, from L. imbricare "to cover with tiles," from imbricem (nom. imbrex) "curved roof tile used to draw off rain," from imber (gen. imbris) "rain," from PIE *mbh- (cf. Skt. abhra "cloud, thunder-cloud, rainy weather," Gk. ombros "rain"), from base *nebh- "moist, water" (see
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There are several tailoring techniques, eg, ureteral imbrication or excisional tapering.
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