eave

[eev]
noun
1.
Usually, eaves. the overhanging lower edge of a roof.
2.
Often, eaves. the overhanging edge of anything, as a hat.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English eves, Old English efes; cognate with Old High German obisa, Gothic ubizwa hall; cf. above, over

eaved, adjective
uneaved, adjective
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eaves (iːvz)
 
pl n
the edge of a roof that projects beyond the wall
 
[Old English efes; related to Gothic ubizwa porch, Greek hupsos height]

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eave
late O.E., from S.W. Midlands dial. eovese (sing.), from O.E. efes "edge of a roof," from P.Gmc. *ubaswa-/*ubiswa (cf. O.H.G. obasa "porch, hall, roof," Goth. ubizwa "porch," Ger. oben "above"), from the root of over. Treated as plural and new singular form eave emerged c.1580.

eaves
see eave.
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Example sentences
He extended the eaves of the roof so they would block the summer sun but allow
  in winter light.
L eaves are divided fanwise into large, toothed leaflets.
If a skeleton can be said to cower, the bones of an apparently terrified dog
  huddled under the eaves of one roof.
Repairing rotten eaves fascias generally consists of replacing the damaged
  boards.
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