antefix

[ an-tuh-fiks ]
/ ˈæn təˌfɪks /

noun, plural an·te·fix·es, an·te·fix·a [an-tuh-fik-suh]. /ˈæn təˌfɪk sə/. 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 1825–35; from Latin antefīxa, neuter plural of antefīxus “fastened in front,” equivalent to ante- “before” + fīxus, past participle of fīgere “to fix”; see origin at ante-, fix

OTHER WORDS FROM antefix

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

antefix
/ (ˈæntɪˌfɪks) /

noun plural -fixes or -fixa (-ˌfɪksə)

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

Derived forms of antefix

antefixal (ˌæntɪˈfɪksəl), adjective

Word Origin for antefix

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