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[an-tuh-fiks] /ˈæn təˌfɪks/
noun, plural antefixes, antefixa
[an-tuh-fik-suh] /ˈæn təˌfɪk sə/ (Show IPA).
an upright ornament at the eaves of a tiled roof, to conceal the foot of a row of convex tiles that cover the joints of the flat tiles.
an ornament above the top molding of a cornice.
Origin of antefix
1825-35; < Latin antefīxa, neuter plural of antefīxus fastened in front, equivalent to ante- ante- + fīxus past participle of fīgere to fix
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antefixal, adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) -fixes, -fixa (-ˌfɪksə)
a carved ornament at the eaves of a roof to hide the joint between the tiles
Derived Forms
antefixal (ˌæntɪˈfɪksəl) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin antefixa (things) fastened in front, from fīgere to fix
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