an upright ornament at the eaves of a tiled roof, to conceal the foot of a row of convex tiles that cover the joints of the flat tiles.
an ornament above the top molding of a cornice.
Historical Examples

The antefix has the breadth of a hole and one eighth, and the thickness of one hole.
Ten Books on Architecture Vitruvius

noun (pl) -fixes, -fixa (-ˌfɪksə)
a carved ornament at the eaves of a roof to hide the joint between the tiles


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