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"grotesque carved waterspout," late 13c., gargurl, from Old French gargole "throat, waterspout" (see gargle).
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.
A language for compiler writing. [J.V. Garwick, CACM 7(1):16-20, (Jan 1964)]. (1994-11-04)