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imbricate

[adj. im-bri-kit, -keyt; v. im-bri-keyt] /adj. ˈɪm brɪ kɪt, -ˌkeɪt; v. ˈɪm brɪˌkeɪt/
adjective
1.
overlapping in sequence, as tiles or shingles on a roof.
2.
of, relating 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
1650-1660
1650-60; < Late Latin imbricātus tiled with imbrices, shaped like such a tile or tiling, equivalent to imbric- (stem of imbrex) imbrex + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
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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British Dictionary definitions for non-imbricate

imbricate

adjective (ˈɪmbrɪkɪt; -ˌkeɪt)
1.
(architect) relating to or having tiles, shingles, or slates that overlap
2.
(botany) (of leaves, scales, etc) overlapping each other
verb (ˈɪmbrɪˌkeɪt)
3.
(transitive) to decorate with a repeating pattern resembling scales or overlapping tiles
Derived Forms
imbricately, adverb
imbrication, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin imbricāre to cover with overlapping tiles, from imbrex pantile
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Word Origin and History for non-imbricate

imbricate

v.

1704 (implied in imbricated), from Latin imbricatus "covered with tiles," past participle of imbricare "to cover with rain tiles" (see imbrication). As an adjective from 1650s. Related: Imbricated; imbricating.

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non-imbricate in Medicine

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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