Friday, May 7, 2010

Word of the Day - Imbricate

My new favorite word: Imbricate.
The dome of this church in Asheville is imbricated.

So are these lilac shingles on this fancy Victorian bed and breakfast just outside Burnsville.

More Asheville imbrication -- on the pink marble City Building.
Do you know about A Word A Day? Free, every day, a new word in your email.

Imbricate was the word a few days ago and the following is copied from the email I received.
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imbricate

PRONUNCIATION:
(adj: IM-bri-kit, -kayt; verb: IM-bri-kayt)
MEANING:
adjective: Having overlapping edges, as tiles on a roof or scales on a fish.
verb tr., intr.: To overlap as roof tiles or fish scales.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin imbricare (to cover with pantiles: semicylindrical tiles), from imbrex (pantile), from imber (rain).

USAGE:
"In that region [Skopje], yesterday as today, allegiance to the Church was more than a merely confessional matter. It was, and is, imbricated with a series of loyalties to nation, region, and even party."
Christopher Hitchens; The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice; Verso Books; 1995.



Explore "imbricate" in the Visual Thesaurus.
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Below, the greenhouse snake basks in her imbricate beauty.




15 comments:

Bernie said...

I like this and this is good to know as well.......:-) Hugs

Martin H. said...

Do you know what? I used to subscribe to this when I was working, and it was one of those things I closed when I stopped. Thanks for the reminder. I've subscribed once more.

Chhaya said...

i live on words... and you gave me another one :)
thanks!

Brian Miller said...

i am going to have to use it in a sentence today....it will probably make people think i am smart...as long as i use it right...lol. nice pics as well...i like that word....

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Vicki, I subscribe to something similar - French Word a Day. It's fun.

Imbricate is a new one on me. Thanks for the beautiful photos.
Sam

Vicki Lane said...

I've always loved words -- and I like knowing about their origins. Four years of Latin in high school helps.

French Word a day -- hmmm. Must investigate. I follow Miss Yves blog in French and, I swear, my French reading skills (almost non-existent) are improving.

Betsy said...

What do they say?...use a new word 10 times and it's yours forever in your vocabulary? And this one is fun to pronounce, too! :)

Paul C said...

What a beautiful word with so much potential for application in writing. It even sounds majestic. Thanks for the link.

Deanna said...

The vase hanging in my kitchen is imbricated. Thanks for the word - and thanks for the site!

Deanna

Miss_Yves said...

Thank you for your comments about my posts /art ..
.and for what you write about my blog !I'm discovering your kind comment !
I'll answer to you later.
I find your last picture beautiful...although I do hate snakes !

willow said...

It's a beautiful word. I like the way it sounds.

NCmountainwoman said...

Nice word. My new favorite word is "reintarnation," coming back to life as a hillbilly. :)

Miss_Yves said...

I have discovered a (new) french word, as I was reading again "l'Ecume des Jours "de Boris Vian...with a dictionary (to distinguish real words and fictive words)

"calmande"(orig inconnue)s.f.Etoffe de laine lustrée d'un côté , comme le satin (Littré)
(It's an old word)

"Woolen stuff glossed on one of it's faces, like the satin "

Vicki Lane said...

Oh, giggle, Mountainwoman


Miss Yves -- Calmande is a beautiful word. It was used in English as well. I recognize it from old novels!

Calimanco or Calmanco or Callimanco or Calmande.

In the 19th century a woolen fabric in England finished with a high luster; used for petticoats and chair seats.

Tipper said...

I learned a new word-love it!