Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as bargeboard.
- n. A barge board.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Arch.) The ornament of woodwork upon the gable of a house, used extensively in the 15th century. It was generally suspended from the edge of the projecting roof (see verge, n., 4), and in a position parallel to the gable wall. Called also
- verge + board (Wiktionary)
“Lat. _bargus_, or _barcus_, a scaffold, and not from the now obsolete synonym "vergeboard"), the boards fastened to the projecting gables of a roof to give strength to the same and to mask or hide the horizontal timbers of the roof to which they were attached.”
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