imbrices

imbrex

[im-breks, -briks]
noun, plural imbrices [im-bruh-seez, -bri-keys] .
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:
1855–60; < Latin, equivalent to imbr- (stem of imber) rainstorm + -ex noun suffix

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imbrices

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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