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eaves (eevz) noun

Overhanging edge of a roof.

[From Middle English eves, from Old English efes. That's where we got the word eavesdrop, from eavesdropper, literally one who stands within the eavesdrop of a house to listen to conversations inside.]

"He used the woman's own garden hose and sprayed a few cobwebs out of the eaves - then billed her $3600." Be Wary of These Itinerant Contractors; Edmonton Sun (Canada); Jun 13, 2003.

"Morrell had spent significant chunks of the game in the cold shade cast by the eaves of the retracted stadium roof, sitting on the interchange bench." Chloe Saltau; Young Roos on Song in the End; The Age (Melbourne, Australia); Jun 1, 2003.

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