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gar·goyle  audio  (gärgoil) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. A roof spout 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.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English gargoile, from Old French gargole, gargouille, throat, waterspout

OTHER FORMS:
gargoyled  (-goild) KEY (Adjective)


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