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 for French roof
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  French \French\ (fr[e^]nch), prop. a. [AS. frencisc, LL.
     franciscus, from L. Francus a Frank: cf. OF. franceis,
     franchois, fran[,c]ois, F. fran[,c]ais. See Frank, a., and
     cf. Frankish.]
     Of or pertaining to France or its inhabitants.
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     French bean (Bot.), the common kidney bean ({Phaseolus
     French berry (Bot.), the berry of a species of buckthorn
        ({Rhamnus catharticus), which affords a saffron, green or
        purple pigment.
     French casement (Arch.) See French window, under
     French chalk (Min.), a variety of granular talc; -- used
        for drawing lines on cloth, etc. See under Chalk.
     French cowslip (Bot.) The Primula Auricula. See
     French fake (Naut.), a mode of coiling a rope by running it
        backward and forward in parallel bends, so that it may run
     French honeysuckle (Bot.) a plant of the genus Hedysarum
        ({H. coronarium); -- called also garland honeysuckle.
     French horn, a metallic wind instrument, consisting of a
        long tube twisted into circular folds and gradually
        expanding from the mouthpiece to the end at which the
        sound issues; -- called in France cor de chasse.
     French leave, an informal, hasty, or secret departure;
        esp., the leaving a place without paying one's debts.
     French pie [French (here used in sense of "foreign") + pie
        a magpie (in allusion to its black and white color)]
        (Zool.), the European great spotted woodpecker ({Dryobstes
        major); -- called also wood pie.
     French polish.
     (a) A preparation for the surface of woodwork, consisting of
         gums dissolved in alcohol, either shellac alone, or
         shellac with other gums added.
     (b) The glossy surface produced by the application of the
     French purple, a dyestuff obtained from lichens and used
        for coloring woolen and silken fabrics, without the aid of
        mordants. --Ure.
     French red rouge.
     French rice, amelcorn.
     French roof (Arch.), a modified form of mansard roof having
        a nearly flat deck for the upper slope.
     French tub, a dyer's mixture of protochloride of tin and
        logwood; -- called also plum tub. --Ure.
     French window. See under Window.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Roof \Roof\, n. [OE. rof, AS. hr?f top, roof; akin to D. roef
     cabin, Icel. hr?f a shed under which ships are built or kept;
     cf. OS. hr?st roof, Goth. hr?t. Cf. Roost.]
     1. (Arch.) The cover of any building, including the roofing
        (see Roofing) and all the materials and construction
        necessary to carry and maintain the same upon the walls or
        other uprights. In the case of a building with vaulted
        ceilings protected by an outer roof, some writers call the
        vault the roof, and the outer protection the roof mask. It
        is better, however, to consider the vault as the ceiling
        only, in cases where it has farther covering.
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     2. That which resembles, or corresponds to, the covering or
        the ceiling of a house; as, the roof of a cavern; the roof
        of the mouth.
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              The flowery roof
              Showered roses, which the morn repaired. --Milton.
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     3. (Mining.) The surface or bed of rock immediately overlying
        a bed of coal or a flat vein.
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     Bell roof, French roof, etc. (Arch.) See under Bell,
        French, etc.
     Flat roof. (Arch.)
        (a) A roof actually horizontal and level, as in some
            Oriental buildings.
        (b) A roof nearly horizontal, constructed of such material
            as allows the water to run off freely from a very
            slight inclination.
     Roof plate. (Arch.) See Plate, n., 10.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  French roof
      n 1: a mansard roof with sides that are nearly perpendicular

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