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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.]

im′bri·ca′tion n.
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Adj.1.imbricated - used especially of leaves or bracts; overlapping or layered as scales or shingles
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
rough, unsmooth - having or caused by an irregular surface; "trees with rough bark"; "rough ground"; "rough skin"; "rough blankets"; "his unsmooth face"
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As it flows it takes the forms of sappy leaves or vines, making heaps of pulpy sprays a foot or more in depth, and resembling, as you look down on them, the laciniated, lobed, and imbricated thalluses of some lichens; or you are reminded of coral, of leopard's paws or birds' feet, of brains or lungs or bowels, and excrements of all kinds.
Elizabeth Maddock Dillon and Michael Drexler s timely edited volume The Haitian Revolution and the Early United States offers a corrective by demonstrating how imbricated these histories, geographies, and stories remain.
At the same time, that Condomnauts emphasizes sex work as the basis of intergalactic trade (and of the colonization of new worlds during "first contact" scenarios) suggests a deeper criticism of the imbricated structures of capital, empire, sexuality, and (non-)human bodies.
Instead of the hard geometry of her oils, the drawings recall the folk vernacular of artists such as Martin Ramirez, and their delicately wrought compositions explode with irregular, imbricated blades of grass and scrawled spirals of wind.
Convex lateral margin; deflected external margin with imbricated marginal band (Fig.
The LandShield product line offers riprap, armor stone, imbricated riprap and security boulders in customer-specified dimensions for maximum erosion prevention in a wide array of inland and marine applications.
She draws on the archive to examine the violence of queer existence during the first part of the 20th century, paying attention to victims of homophobic attack and gender violence, but also to how the emerging homosexual rights activism was itself imbricated in everyday racism and colonial violence from around 1900 to the 1930s.
Thus, the author grapples with the performance, embodiment, and nuances of racialized identities (blackened bodies) in empirical contexts, and he looks into the durability and (in)flexibility of race and racial discourse through an imbricated and multidimensional understanding of racial identity and racial positioning.
These two concepts are imbricated not only in the content and form of Night Passage but also inscribed in the writing style she has employed in D-Passage.
For some time now, my gut feeling has been that these two places are not really very different, that these various phenomena are imbricated in ways poorly understood.
We are living in difficult times, and nobody has a miracle solution to a situation in which several conflicts are imbricated. Geopolitical, tactical, energy, identity and religious dimensions are all creating chaos.