Gargoyled

gargoyle

[gahr-goil]
noun
1.
a grotesquely carved figure of a human or animal.
2.
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:
1250–1300; Middle English gargoile < Old French gargouille, gargoule literally, throat; see gargle

gargoyled, adjective
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gargoyle (ˈɡɑːɡɔɪl)
 
n
1.  a waterspout carved in the form of a grotesque face or creature and projecting from a roof gutter, esp of a Gothic church
2.  any grotesque ornament or projection, esp on a building
3.  a person with a grotesque appearance
 
[C15: from Old French gargouille gargoyle, throat; see gargle]
 
'gargoyled
 
adj

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gargoyle
"grotesque carved waterspout," 1286, from O.Fr. gargouille "throat, waterspout" (see gargle).
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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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