Definition of imbricated:
- Bent and hollowed like a roof or gutter tile.
- In decorative art: Having scales lapping one over the other, or a representation of such scales; as, an imbricated surface; an imbricated pattern.
- 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 aestivation.
- "The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines", T. H. Pardo de Tavera.
Under the epidermis bluish green; body elongate, tapering; tail moderate tapering, subeaudal shields one- rowed, longer towards the tip; scales all smooth, imbricated, subequal, rather larger below; head small, rather tapering in front, rounded; eyes rather small, pupil round, head shields normal; the nostrils lateral in the suture between two shields, hinder shield elongate; loreal shields none; one large anterior and two moderate post- ocular shields; labial shields subequal, lower temporal inserted.- "Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 2 (of 2)", George Grey.
A community so interlocked will throw off many evils, as a Roman legion with linked shields roofed itself over against missiles from the wall of a besieged city, or the imbricated scales on a fish keep it dry in the heart of the sea.- "The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon", Alexander Maclaren.