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imbricate

[ adjective im-bri-kit, -keyt; verb im-bri-keyt ]
/ adjective 藞瑟m br瑟 k瑟t, -藢ke瑟t; verb 藞瑟m br瑟藢ke瑟t /
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adjective
overlapping in sequence, as tiles or shingles on a roof.
of, relating to, or resembling overlapping tiles, as decoration or drawings.
Biology. overlapping like tiles, as scales or leaves.
characterized by or as if by overlapping shingles.
verb (used with or without object), im路bri路cat路ed, im路bri路cat路ing.
to overlap, as tiles or shingles.
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Origin of imbricate

1650鈥60; <Late Latin imbric膩tus tiled with imbrices, shaped like such a tile or tiling, equivalent to imbric- (stem of imbrex) imbrex + -膩tus-ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for imbricate

imbricate

adjective (藞瑟mbr瑟k瑟t, -藢ke瑟t) imbricated
architect relating to or having tiles, shingles, or slates that overlap
botany (of leaves, scales, etc) overlapping each other
verb (藞瑟mbr瑟藢ke瑟t)
(tr) to decorate with a repeating pattern resembling scales or overlapping tiles

Derived forms of imbricate

imbricately, adverbimbrication, noun

Word Origin for imbricate

C17: from Latin imbric膩re to cover with overlapping tiles, from imbrex pantile
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Medical definitions for imbricate

imbricate
[ 沫mbr沫-k膩t鈥 ]

adj.
Having the edges overlapping in a regular arrangement like roof tiles or the scales of a fish.

Other words from imbricate

im鈥瞓ri鈥ation n.
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