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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