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Thin piece of building material made of wood, asphaltic material, slate, metal, or concrete, laid in overlapping rows to shed water. Shingles are widely used as roof covering on residential buildings and sometimes also for siding (seeShingle style). Wood shingles in the U.S. are usually made of cypress, redwood, or Western red cedar.
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