Meaning of gargoyle

gar•goyle

Pronunciation: (gär'goil), [key]
— n.
  1. a grotesquely carved figure of a human or animal.
  2. a spout, terminating in a grotesque representation of a human or animal figure with open mouth, projecting from the gutter of a building for throwing rain water clear of a building.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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