or Gargoil (g hard). A water-spout in church
architecture. Sometimes also spelt Gurgoyle. They are usually
carved into some fantastic shape, such as a dragon's head, through
which the water flows. Gargouille was the great dragon that lived in
the Seine, ravaged Rouen, and was slain by St. Romanus, Bishop of
Rouen, in the seventh century. (See Dragon.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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