gargoyle

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Gargoyles (spouts) at Amiens Cathedral.

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From Old French gargouille.

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gargoyle (plural gargoyles)

  1. A carved grotesque figure on a spout which conveys water away from the gutters.
    • 1906, Rafael Sabatini, The Trampling of the Lilies‎, page 110
      From between set teeth came now a flow of oaths and imprecations as steady as the flow of water from the gargoyle overhead.
  2. Any decorative carved grotesque figure on a building.
  3. A fictional winged monster.
    • 2005, Mel Odom, The Secret Explodes‎, page 200
      Almost immediately one of the gargoyles swept down from the sky and attacked him. The gargoyle's momentum drove them both over the side.
  4. (slang, pejorative) An ugly woman.

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