Definitions

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  • n. A board fastened to the projecting gables of a roof to protect and hide other timbers.

Etymologies

Probably from Medieval Latin bargusĀ ("a scaffold") (Wiktionary)

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  • I've heard of barge board houses but I was never sure whether that was a literal term. Thanks, skipvia.

    February 15, 2008

  • From the late 1700s to the late 1800s, flat barges (known as flatboats) were built in the north country to float crops and other goods down the Mississippi to New Orleans. Since they could not be floated back upriver, the barges were disassembled and recycled for use in constructing houses. An interesting example can be found here.

    February 15, 2008