gargoyle

[gargoyle]
Derivation

  • French: gargouille, throat

Article

Projecting spout to discharge rainwater from the roof-gutters of buildings. In Gothic architecture they were grotesquely carved to represent the heads of men, demons, and beasts symbolic of various characteristics; the lion, of courage; the fox, of cunning. Some of them are famous, notably those of Notre Dame in Paris; in France it is said there are no two alike. Gargoyles are now used merely for ornamentation.

MLA Citation

  • “gargoyle”. New Catholic Dictionary. Saints.SQPN.com. 8 August 2013. Web. 29 August 2014. <>