n. pl. an·te·fix·es or an·te·fix·a (-fĭk′sə)
An upright ornament along the eaves of a tiled roof designed to conceal the joints between the rows of 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; see dhīgw- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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