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Having regularly arranged, overlapping edges, as roof tiles or fish scales.
v. im·bri·cat·ed, im·bri·cat·ing, im·bri·cates
To overlap in a regular pattern.
To be arranged with regular overlapping edges.
[Latin imbricātus, covered with roof tiles, from imbrex, imbric-, roof tile, from imber, imbr-, rain.]
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1. (Architecture) architect relating to or having tiles, shingles, or slates that overlap
2. (Botany) botany (of leaves, scales, etc) overlapping each other
(Architecture) (tr) to decorate with a repeating pattern resembling scales or overlapping tiles
[C17: from Latin imbricāre to cover with overlapping tiles, from imbrex pantile]
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im•bri•cate(adj. ˈɪm brɪ kɪt, -ˌkeɪt; v. -ˌkeɪt)
adj., v. -cat•ed, -cat•ing. adj.
1. overlapping in sequence, as tiles on a roof.
2. overlapping like tiles, as scales or leaves.v.t., v.i.
3. to overlap.
[1650–60; < Latin imbricātus shaped like an imbrex (a convex roof tile), derivative of imbrex]
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Past participle: imbricated
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|Verb||1.||imbricate - place so as to overlap; "imbricate the roof tiles"|
lay, place, put, set, position, pose - put into a certain place or abstract location; "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point"
imbricate - overlap; "The roof tiles imbricate"
|2.||imbricate - overlap; "The roof tiles imbricate"|
overlap - extend over and cover a part of; "The roofs of the houses overlap in this crowded city"
imbricate - place so as to overlap; "imbricate the roof tiles"
|Adj.||1.||imbricate - used especially of leaves or bracts; overlapping or layered as scales or shingles|
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