1. overlapping evenly, as tiles or fish scales do
verb transitiveWord forms: ˈimbriˌcated or imbriˌcating
3. to place (tiles, shingles, etc.) in overlapping order
4. to overlap
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Word origin of 'imbricate'LL imbricatus, pp. of L imbricare, to cover with gutter tiles < imbrax, gutter tile < imber, rain < IE base *ṃbh-, var. of *nebh-, moist, water > Gr nephos, cloud, Ger nebel, fog