- overlapping evenly, as tiles or fish scales do
- ornamented with overlapping scales or a pattern like this
Origin of imbricateLate Latin imbricatus, past participle of Classical Latin imbricare, to cover with gutter tiles ; from imbrax, gutter tile ; from imber, rain ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ?bh-, variant, variety of an unverified form nebh-, moist, water from source Classical Greek nephos, cloud, German nebel, fog
verbim·bri·cat·ed, im·bri·cat·ing, im·bri·cates
Origin of imbricateLatin imbricatus, covered with roof tiles, from imbrex, imbric-, roof tile, from imber, imbr-, rain.
(third-person singular simple present imbricates, present participle imbricating, simple past and past participle imbricated)
- ( intransitive) To overlap in a regular pattern.
Latin imbricatus (“tiled”).