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antefix

[ an-tuh-fiks ]

noun

, Architecture.
, plural an·te·fix·es, an·te·fix·a [an, -t, uh, -fik-s, uh].
  1. 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.
  2. an ornament above the top molding of a cornice.


antefix

/ ˌæntɪˈfɪksəl; ˈæntɪˌfɪks /

noun

  1. a carved ornament at the eaves of a roof to hide the joint between the tiles


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Derived Forms

  • antefixal, adjective

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Other Words From

  • ante·fixal adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of antefix1

First recorded in 1825–35; from Latin antefīxa, neuter plural of antefīxus “fastened in front,” equivalent to ante- “before” + fīxus, past participle of fīgere “to fix”; ante-, fix

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Word History and Origins

Origin of antefix1

C19: from Latin antefixa (things) fastened in front, from fīgere to fix

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Example Sentences

The antefix has the breadth of a hole and one eighth, and the thickness of one hole.

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