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eave

[eev] /iv/
noun
1.
Usually, eaves. the overhanging lower edge of a roof.
2.
Often, eaves. the overhanging edge of anything, as a hat.
Origin of eave
1000
before 1000; Middle English eves, Old English efes; cognate with Old High German obisa, Gothic ubizwa hall; cf. above, over
Related forms
eaved, adjective
uneaved, adjective
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eaves

/iːvz/
plural noun
1.
the edge of a roof that projects beyond the wall
Word Origin
Old English efes; related to Gothic ubizwa porch, Greek hupsos height
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Word Origin and History for eaves

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eave

n.

1570s, from Southwest Midlands dialectal eovese (singular), from Old English efes "edge of a roof," also "edge of a forest," from Proto-Germanic *ubaswa-/*ubiswa (cf. Old Frisian ose "eaves," Old High German obasa "porch, hall, roof," German Obsen, Old Norse ups, Gothic ubizwa "porch;" German oben "above"), from the root of over. Treated as plural and a new singular form eave emerged 16c.

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