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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English eves, from Old English efes (edge of a roof), from Proto-Germanic *ubaswa (compare Old High German obasa (porch, hall, roof), Gothic 𐌿𐌱𐌹𐌶𐍅𐌰 (ubizwa)), ultimately from the same root as over.

Originally singular, it was only in Early Modern English that the form came to be deemed as plural, from analogy with the unetymological "-s" ending.

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Eaves of a house in Catalonia.

eaves pl (plural only)

  1. The underside of a roof that extends beyond the external walls of a building.

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