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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
Encircled by a selection of large-scale paintings from Andrews's "Black Bars" series that were reproduced as infinite dark lines in their polished shells, the twin sculptures reciprocally imbricated themselves in works that thus contributed to the sense of an unrelieved hall of mirrors.
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.
The project benefited 17 townhomes through a design combining imbricated stone (overlapped like roof shingles) and an internal underdrain pipe drainage system to stabilize and control erosion outside of the White Clay Creek floodplain.
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.
Chen's cultural studies project: to bring together all of these fields through a biopolitical lens that expands beyond the binary of life and death through the concept of "animacy," which Chen defines as the degrees of animateness and inanimateness that govern the hierarchies of all these imbricated ontologies.
Michelangelo's life was so long, his projects--pictorial, sculptural and architectural --on so large a scale, his work so imbricated with the political, religious and social worlds of his day, in which his position was as central as that of an artist could be, that one can read several biographies with little sense of repetition: each writer will select and recompose the elements of Michelangelo's life, art and world differently.
Rifkin brings Driskill's landmark theory of a "sovereign erotic," which recognizes the imbricated nature of sovereignty and sexuality, into play as a counterpoint to such damaging logics.