imbricate [adjective im-bri-kit, -keyt; verb im-bri-keyt]
1. overlapping in sequence, as tiles or shingles on a roof.
2. of, relating to, or resembling overlapping tiles, as decoration or drawings.
3. Biology. overlapping like tiles, as scales or leaves.
4. characterized by or as if by overlapping shingles.
verb (used with or without object), imbricated, imbricating.
5. to overlap, as tiles or shingles.
Origin: 1650-60; < Late Latin imbricātus tiled with imbrices, shaped like such a tile or tiling, equivalent to imbric- (stem of imbrex) imbrex + -ātus -ate
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