American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having regularly arranged, overlapping edges, as roof tiles or fish scales.
- v. To overlap in a regular pattern.
- v. To be arranged with regular overlapping edges.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lay or lap one over another, so as to break joint, as or like tiles or shingles, either with parts all in one horizontal row or circle (as in the estivation of a calyx or corolla, when at least one piece must be wholly external and one internal), or with the tips of lower parts covering the bases of higher ones in a succession of rows or spiral ranks.
- To overlap serially.
- Bent and hollowed like a gutter-tile or pantile.
- Lying one over another or lapping, like tiles on a roof; parallel, with a straight surface, and lying or lapping one over another, as the scales on the leaf-buds of plants, the scales of fishes and of reptiles, or the feathers of birds.
- Decorated with a pattern resembling a surface of lapping tiles.
- Consisting of lines or curves giving a resemblance to a surface of overlapping tiles: as, an imbricate pattern.
- adj. Having regular overlapping edges; intertwined.
- v. transitive or intransitive To overlap in a regular pattern.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Bent and hollowed like a roof or gutter tile.
- adj. Lying over each other in regular order, so as to “break joints,” like tiles or shingles on a roof, the scales on the leaf buds of plants and the cups of some acorns, or the scales of fishes; overlapping each other at the margins, as leaves in æstivation.
- adj. In decorative art: Having scales lapping one over the other, or a representation of such scales
- v. To lay in order, one lapping over another, so as to form an imbricated surface.
- v. place so as to overlap
- v. overlap.
- adj. used especially of leaves or bracts; overlapping or layered as scales or shingles
- Latin imbricatus ("tiled"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin imbricātus, covered with roof tiles, from imbrex, imbric-, roof tile, from imber, imbr-, rain. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Snarge (the mess left when a bird collides with a plane, I read about how the birds are indentified by said remains); imbricate (some research on humor produced this one -- to overlap like tiles or fish scales) and euglossine (a type of bee that pollinates orchids).”
“One of the most remarkable characters of the genus _Caecilia_, which it shares with about two-thirds of the known genera of the order, is the presence of thin, cycloid, imbricate scales imbedded in the skin, a character only to be detected by raising the epidermis near the dermal folds, which more or less completely encircle the body.”
“_The spikelets_ are about 1/8 inch, imbricate, a sessile and a stalked one from the top of each joint, greenish or purple.”
“The spikelets are small, 1-flowered, laterally compressed, sessile, alternately 2-seriate and imbricate on one side of the rachis.”
“The _leaf-blade_ is convolute when young, ovate or ovate-lanceolate, variable from 1/4 to 2 inches long and 1/10 to 1/6 inch wide, acuminate, flat or somewhat wavy, glabrous on both the surfaces, rigidly pungent, densely crowded and distichously imbricate in the lower part of the stem, base is amplexicaul, and the margin is distantly serrate and rigidly ciliate.”
“The _spikelets_ are biseriate, loosely imbricate, ovate, acute, pubescent or villous (sometimes quite glabrous), sessile or shortly pedicelled; the pedicels have one or two (rarely more) long hairs.”
“_Involucels_ usually with two, rarely three spikelets, loosely imbricate, rounded at the base; the inner bristles are erect, dorsally flat, subulate-lanceolate, puberulous and with thickened margins, about 1/8 inch long.”
“Spikelets sessile and jointed on the very short densely crowded branchlets of a tall, narrow raceme like panicle, deciduous, acute, much compressed, imbricate and secund 7.”
“The _spikelets_ are densely imbricate, binate at each joint, the upper being shortly pedicelled and the lower sessile or subsessile.”
“The _leaf-sheath_ is glabrous, faintly and finely striate, distichously imbricate, compressed, somewhat keeled, outer margin ciliate, and bearded at the mouth.”
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