jerkinhead

[jur-kin-hed]
noun
a roof having a hipped end truncating a gable.
Also called shreadhead.


Origin:
1835–45; origin uncertain

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The roof is a jerkinhead gable form with a central jerkinhead gable on the main
  façade.
The structure has a gable roof with a jerkinhead at each end.
North of the house is a fine brick carriage house with segmental arched
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Jerkinhead roofs and battered walls added to the almost geological character of
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