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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Im·bri·cate Im·bri·ca·ted a.
 1. Bent and hollowed like a roof or gutter tile.
 2. 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.
 3. In decorative art: Having scales lapping one over the other, or a representation of such scales; as, an imbricated surface; an imbricated pattern.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : used especially of leaves or bracts; overlapping or layered
            as scales or shingles [syn: imbricate]