- 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.
- to overlap, as tiles or shingles.
Origin of imbricate
Examples from the Web for imbricate
The first and oldest of these varieties is generally called Scale or Imbricate armour.Armour & Weapons
Charles John Ffoulkes
Calyx 5-parted, valvate in the staminate flowers, imbricate in the pistillate.
Head small: base of the wings covered with conspicuous, lengthened, imbricate scales.Zoological Illustrations, Volume III
Scales on the back rounded, quincuncial, imbricate; those on the belly similar to those on the back and on the sides.Reptiles and Birds
Head large, covered with small rather unequal not imbricate scales.Discoveries in Australia, Volume 1.
J Lort Stokes
- architect relating to or having tiles, shingles, or slates that overlap
- botany (of leaves, scales, etc) overlapping each other
- (tr) to decorate with a repeating pattern resembling scales or overlapping tiles
Word Origin and History for imbricate
1704 (implied in imbricated), from Latin imbricatus "covered with tiles," past participle of imbricare "to cover with rain tiles" (see imbrication). As an adjective from 1650s. Related: Imbricated; imbricating.
- Having the edges overlapping in a regular arrangement like roof tiles or the scales of a fish.