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Is there a word that means "the thingy on top of the building"? Like the crescent on a mosque or the cross on a church or the weather-vane on a barn?

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You could use the word finial.

A distinctive section or ornament at the apex of a roof, canopy, etc. on a building:
curving gables topped by sculptured finials


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Good one, I really didn't know you could use finial to describe the cross or weather-vane. – Joe Blow Aug 12 '14 at 9:24
Next time you go to a fancy restaurant, look for the finials on top of the lamps. – Stefan Lasiewski Aug 12 '14 at 15:57

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