antefix

[an-tuh-fiks]
noun, plural an·te·fix·es, an·te·fix·a [an-tuh-fik-suh] /ˈæn təˌfɪk sə/. Architecture.
  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.

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
Related formsan·te·fix·al, adjective
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antefix

noun plural -fixes or -fixa (-ˌfɪksə)
  1. a carved ornament at the eaves of a roof to hide the joint between the tiles
Derived Formsantefixal (ˌæntɪˈfɪksəl), adjective

Word Origin for antefix

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