[ im-bri-key-shuh n ]
/ ˌɪm brɪˈkeɪ ʃən /


an overlapping, as of tiles or shingles.
a decoration or pattern resembling this.
Surgery. overlapping of layers of tissue in the closure of wounds or in the correction of defects.
Geology. shingling.

Origin of imbrication

First recorded in 1640–50; imbricate + -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for imbrication

  • This imbrication is frequently of an exquisite, dull, reddish brown over an old soft yellow.

    Alaska|Ella Higginson

Word Origin and History for imbrication



1640s, from French imbrication, from Latin imbricare "to cover with tiles," from imbricem (nominative imbrex) "curved roof tile used to draw off rain," from imber (genitive imbris) "rain," from PIE *ombh-ro- "rain" (cf. Sanskrit abhra "cloud, thunder-cloud, rainy weather," Greek ombros "rain"), from root *nebh- "moist, water" (see nebula).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper