- 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
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The antefix has the breadth of a hole and one eighth, and the thickness of one hole.Ten Books on Architecture
- a carved ornament at the eaves of a roof to hide the joint between the tiles
Word Origin for antefix
C19: from Latin antefixa (things) fastened in front, from fīgere to fix
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