- 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
transitive verb-·cat·ed, -·cat·ing
verbim·bri·cat·ed, im·bri·cat·ing, im·bri·cates
Origin of imbricateLatin imbricātus 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”).