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antefix

an·te·fix

 (ăn′tē-fĭks′)
n. pl. an·te·fix·es or an·te·fix·a (-fĭk′sə)
An upright ornament along the eaves of a tiled roof designed to conceal the joints between the rows of tiles.

[From Latin antefīxa, pl. of antefīxum, something fastened in front, from antefīxus, fastened in front : ante-, ante- + fīxus, fastened, past participle of fīgere, to fasten; see dhīgw- in Indo-European roots.]

an′te·fix′al adj.

antefix

(ˈæntɪˌfɪks)
n, pl -fixes or -fixa (-ˌfɪksə)
(Architecture) a carved ornament at the eaves of a roof to hide the joint between the tiles
[C19: from Latin antefixa (things) fastened in front, from fīgere to fix]
antefixal adj

an•te•fix

(ˈæn təˌfɪks)

n., pl. -fix•es, -fix•a (-ˌfɪk sə)
an upright ornament at the eaves of a tiled roof, to conceal the foot of a row of tiles that cover the joints of the roofing tiles.
[1825–35; < Latin antefīxa, neuter pl. of antefīxus fastened in front]
an`te•fix′al, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.antefix - carved ornament at the eaves of a tile roof concealing the joints between tilesantefix - carved ornament at the eaves of a tile roof concealing the joints between tiles
architectural ornament - (architecture) something added to a building to improve its appearance