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antefix

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noun an·te·fix \ˈan-ti-ˌfiks\

Definition of antefix

plural antefixaeplay \-ˌfik-ˌsē\ or antefixesplay \-ˌfik-səz\

  1. :  an ornament at the eaves of a classical building concealing the ends of the joint tiles of the roof



Origin of antefix

Latin antefixum, from neuter of antefixus, past participle of antefigere to fasten before, from ante- + figere to fasten — more at fix


First Known Use: 1832


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