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[gahr-goil] /ˈgɑr gɔɪl/
a grotesquely carved figure of a human or animal.
a spout, terminating in a grotesque representation of a human or animal figure with open mouth, projecting from the gutter of a building for throwing rain water clear of a building.
Origin of gargoyle
1250-1300; Middle English gargoile < Old French gargouille, gargoule literally, throat; see gargle
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gargoyled, adjective Unabridged
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a waterspout carved in the form of a grotesque face or creature and projecting from a roof gutter, esp of a Gothic church
any grotesque ornament or projection, esp on a building
a person with a grotesque appearance
Derived Forms
gargoyled, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old French gargouille gargoyle, throat; see gargle
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Word Origin and History for gargoyle

"grotesque carved waterspout," late 13c., gargurl, from Old French gargole "throat, waterspout" (see gargle).

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gargoyle in Culture

gargoyle definition

A sculpture depicting grotesque human shapes or evil spirits used in many buildings of the Middle Ages, most notably on Gothic cathedrals. Some gargoyles drained rainwater, sending it clear of the walls of the building.

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gargoyle in Technology

A language for compiler writing.
[J.V. Garwick, CACM 7(1):16-20, (Jan 1964)].

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