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antefix

[ an-tuh-fiks ]
/ 藞忙n t蓹藢f瑟ks /
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noun, plural an路te路fix路es, an路te路fix路a [an-tuh-fik-suh]. /藞忙n t蓹藢f瑟k s蓹/. Architecture.
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.
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Origin of antefix

First recorded in 1825鈥35; from Latin antef墨xa, neuter plural of antef墨xus 鈥渇astened in front,鈥 equivalent to ante- 鈥渂efore鈥 + f墨xus, past participle of f墨gere 鈥渢o fix鈥; see origin at ante-, fix

OTHER WORDS FROM antefix

an路te路fix路al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for antefix

antefix
/ (藞忙nt瑟藢f瑟ks) /

noun plural -fixes or -fixa (-藢f瑟ks蓹)
a carved ornament at the eaves of a roof to hide the joint between the tiles

Derived forms of antefix

antefixal (藢忙nt瑟藞f瑟ks蓹l), adjective

Word Origin for antefix

C19: from Latin antefixa (things) fastened in front, from f墨gere to fix
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