Sunday, July 10, 2011

#550 gargoyle

gargoyle- a waterspout carved in the form of a grotesque face or creature and projecting from a roof gutter especially of a Gothic church

C15 from Old French gargouille gargoyle, throat

The origin of the word gargoyle and its use by the Church can be traced back to a 7th century dragon known in France as gargouille or Goji.

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