antefixa

antefix

[an-tuh-fiks]
noun, plural antefixes, antefixa [an-tuh-fik-suh] . 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:
1825–35; < Latin antefīxa, neuter plural of antefīxus fastened in front, equivalent to ante- ante- + fīxus past participle of fīgere to fix

antefixal, adjective
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antefix (ˈæntɪˌfɪks)
 
n , pl -fixes, -fixa
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

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