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[im-breks, -briks]
noun, plural im·bri·ces [im-bruh-seez, -bri-keys] /ˈɪm brəˌsiz, -brɪˌkeɪs/.
  1. a convex tile, used especially in ancient Rome to cover joints in a tile roof.
  2. Architecture. one of the scales in ornamental imbrication.
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Origin of imbrex

1855–60; < Latin, equivalent to imbr- (stem of imber) rainstorm + -ex noun suffix
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Historical Examples

  • In the simpler type of roof the imbrex is semicircular, but in some of the Greek temples it has vertical sides and an angular top.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 3