Definition of gargoyle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈɡɑːɡɔɪl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːrɡɔɪl//
Religious buildings
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an ugly figure of a person or an animal that is made of stone and through which water is carried away from the roof of a building, especially a church See related entries: Religious buildings Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French gargouille ‘throat’, also ‘gargoyle’ (because of the water passing through the throat and mouth of the figure); related to Greek gargarizein ‘to gargle’ (imitating the sounds made in the throat).
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