• WordNet 3.6
    • n antefix carved ornament at the eaves of a tile roof concealing the joints between tiles
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Antefix (Arch) An ornament fixed upon a frieze.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n antefix In class. arch., an upright ornament, generally of marble or terra cotta, placed at the eaves of a tiled roof, at the end of the last imbrex or tile of each ridge of tiling, to conceal the joining of the tiles. Antefixes were also often placed at the junction of the imbrices along the ridge of a roof, forming a cresting. In some Roman examples the antefixes were so disposed and combined with water-channels as to serve as gargoyles.
    • n antefix An ornament on a vase so placed as to conceal the part where the handle joins the body.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Antefix an′te-fiks (usually in pl.) term in ancient architecture, used of the ornamental tiles placed on the eaves of buildings to conceal the ends of the common or roofing tiles
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ante, + fixus, fixed
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ante, before, in front, and fixum, figĕre, to fix.


In literature:

Antefixes of tombs were of bronze, and in some cases the eyes of the figures were inlaid with glass paste.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 8" by Various
Antefixal ornament or acroterion from the temple of Demeter at Eleusis.
"A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Volume I (of 2)" by A. H. Smith