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im·bri·cate  audio  (mbr-kt) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
Having regularly arranged, overlapping edges, as roof tiles or fish scales.
VERB:
im·bri·cat·ed, im·bri·cat·ing, im·bri·cates
VERB:
tr.
To overlap in a regular pattern.
VERB:
intr.
To be arranged with regular overlapping edges.

ETYMOLOGY:
Latin imbrictus, covered with roof tiles, from imbrex, imbric-, roof tile, from imber, imbr-, rain

OTHER FORMS:
imbri·cation(Noun)


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