from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An upright ornament along the eaves of a tiled roof designed to conceal the joints between the rows of tiles.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The vertical blocks which terminate the covering tiles of the roof of a Roman, Etruscan, or Greek temple.
- n. Any decoration serving to cover the ends of roofing tiles.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An ornament fixed upon a frieze.
- n. An ornament at the eaves, concealing the ends of the joint tiles of the roof.
- n. An ornament of the cymatium of a classic cornice, sometimes pierced for the escape of water.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. An ornament on a vase so placed as to conceal the part where the handle joins the body.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. carved ornament at the eaves of a tile roof concealing the joints between tiles
From Latin antefīxa, pl. of antefīxum, something fastened in front, from antefīxus, fastened in front : ante-, ante- + fīxus, fastened, past participle of fīgere, to fasten.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin antefixa, from past participle of antefigo ("to fasten in front of") (Wiktionary)