an·​te·​fix | \ ˈan-ti-ˌfiks How to pronounce antefix (audio) \
plural antefixae\ ˈan-​ti-​ˌfik-​ˌsē How to pronounce antefixae (audio) \ or antefixes\ ˈan-​ti-​ˌfik-​səz How to pronounce antefixes (audio) \

Definition of antefix

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

First Known Use of antefix

1819, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for antefix

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

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“Antefix.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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