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imbrex

[im-breks, -briks] /ˈɪm brɛks, -brɪks/
noun, plural imbrices
[im-bruh-seez, -bri-keys] /ˈɪm brəˌsiz, -brɪˌkeɪs/ (Show IPA)
1.
a convex tile, used especially in ancient Rome to cover joints in a tile roof.
2.
Architecture. one of the scales in ornamental imbrication.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; < Latin, equivalent to imbr- (stem of imber) rainstorm + -ex noun suffix
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imbrex

in ancient Greek and Roman architecture, a raised roofing tile used to cover the joint between the flat tiles. Used in a series, they formed continuous ridges over the aligned flat tiles.

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