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  • an ornament consisting of a grotesquely carved figure of a person or animal
  • a spout that terminates in a grotesquely carved figure of a person or animal

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  • a spout that terminates in a grotesquely carved figure of a person or animal ,
  • an ornament consisting of a grotesquely carved figure of a person or animal

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Gargoyle Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


A Gargoyle is a grotesque statue. It is carved out of stone, usually granite, and is used to get water away from a building, when it rains. Very often, figures have been made. These figures spew out the collected water. Most gargoyles were made a long time ago.

A long time ago people believed that they scared away evil spirits. Many cathedrals have gargoyles.

There are not very many gargoyles made today. Now, most houses can use gutters to move water. There are not a lot of gargoyles in America, as most of them are in Europe. Gargoyles are often confused with grotesques. Gargoyles are similar to grotesques but gargoyles get rid of rainwater throught their mouths.

Gargoyles at Notre Dame Cathedral, in Paris, France



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  • Chicago church laments after falling gargoyle kills woman
    A historic Chicago church apologized on Friday, a day after pieces of a gargoyle fell off the building's facade and killed a mother-of-two who was walking along the street. Sara Bean, 34, was killed on Thursday while walking to lunch with her fiancé, who is her longtime boyfriend and father of her children, local media reported. The Second Presbyterian Church Read more on this news related to 'Gargoyle'
  • Gargoyle statue falls from Chicago church killing mother of 2
    Matt Bradwell CHICAGO, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- A mother of two is dead after a stone gargoyle fell three stories from an old church in Chicago, striking her as she was taking a walk with her fiance. Read more on this news related to 'Gargoyle'
  • Gargoyle Kills Woman: Statute Falls On Pedestrian In Freakish Accident
    A Chicago woman died Thursday when part of a gargoyle statue struck her on the head, after it was dislodged from a century-old church. Sarah Bean, 34, and her soon-to-be husband were a short distance away from their Chicago South Loop residence when she was accidentally killed by falling debris from the dislodged gargoyle head. Gargoyle Kills Woman: Statute Falls Read more on this news related to 'Gargoyle'

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