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im·bri·cate

 (ĭm′brĭ-kāt′)
adj.
Having regularly arranged, overlapping edges, as roof tiles or fish scales.
v. im·bri·cat·ed, im·bri·cat·ing, im·bri·cates
v.tr.
To overlap in a regular pattern.
v.intr.
To be arranged with regular overlapping edges.

[Latin imbricātus, covered with roof tiles, from imbrex, imbric-, roof tile, from imber, imbr-, rain.]

im′bri·ca′tion n.
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im•bri•ca•tion

(ˌɪm brɪˈkeɪ ʃən)

n.
1. an overlapping, as of tiles or shingles.
2. a decoration or pattern resembling this.
[1640–50]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.imbrication - covering with a design in which one element covers a part of another (as with tiles or shingles)imbrication - covering with a design in which one element covers a part of another (as with tiles or shingles)
covering - an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
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