corbie-step
cor·bie-step also cor·bie·step (kôrʹbē-stĕp') n.
One of a series of stepped masonry projections rising above roof level along the sides of a gable wall.
  [Middle English corbie, raven, from Old French corbin, from Latin corvīnus, ravenlike. See corbina.]

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  • Roof — A roof is the covering on the uppermost part of a building. A roof protects the building and its contents from the effects of weather. Structures that require roofs range from a letter box to a cathedral or stadium, dwellings being the most… …   Wikipedia

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