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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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(ˌɪm brɪˈkeɪ ʃən)

1. an overlapping, as of tiles or shingles.
2. a decoration or pattern resembling this.
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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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Satsuka finds this to be the way that the guides manage their commodified selves, as a demonstration of the imbrication of the commodity economy with the affective self and the guides' "unintentional critique" of this (pp.
The perikymata, although structures dependent on the apposition of the enamel described in many scientific texts and publications, are not found among the enamel-dependent histological terms published in the Terminologia Histologica or the terms dependent on the tooth in the Terminologia Anatomica (FCAT), and is also used indistinctly and erroneously as a synonym for the imbrication lines (Chiego; Risnes, 1984); the latter is another omitted term.
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