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1. A roof spout usually in the form of a grotesque or fantastic creature projecting from a gutter to carry rainwater clear of the wall.
2. A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.
3. A person of bizarre or grotesque appearance.
[Middle English gargoile, from Old French gargole, gargouille, throat, waterspout.]
gar′goyled′ (-goild′) adj.
1. (Architecture) a waterspout carved in the form of a grotesque face or creature and projecting from a roof gutter, esp of a Gothic church
2. (Architecture) 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]
1. a grotesquely carved figure of a human or animal.
2. a spout, terminating in a grotesque representation of a human or animal figure, projecting from the gutter of a building for throwing rainwater clear of the building.
[1250–1300; Middle English gargoile < Old French gargouille, gargoule literally, throat; see gargle]
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|Noun||1.||gargoyle - a spout that terminates in a grotesquely carved figure of a person or animal|
spout - an opening that allows the passage of liquids or grain
|2.||gargoyle - an ornament consisting of a grotesquely carved figure of a person or animal|