imbricate

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imbricate

[′im·brə·kət]
(biology)
Having overlapping edges, such as scales, or the petals of a flower.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

imbricate

To overlap in regular order, as shingling, tiles, etc.
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