A rain-spout projecting from the eaves of mediaeval buildings, commonly fashioned into a grotesque caricature of some personal enemy of the architect or owner of the building. This was especially the case in churches and ecclesiastical structures generally, in which the gargoyles presented a perfect rogues' gallery of local heretics and controversialists. Sometimes when a new dean and chapter were installed the old gargoyles were removed and others substituted having a closer relation to the private animosities of the new incumbents.
A spout projecting from the roof gutter of a building, often carved grotesquely.
A grotesque carving, usually in the form of a human or animal, at the end of a spout designed to carry rainwater clear of the wall of a building
Spout projecting from gutter in the form of a grotesque human or animal head, mouth or body.
A water-spout for draining a church roof. These are often carved into the shape of monsters or grotesque human faces.
A grotesque or humorous carving of a figure, human or animal; sticking out from a building, it often disguises a waterspout, especially on a Gothic cathedral.
A projecting ornament on a building carved in the likeness of an animal or creature with grotesque features, sometimes used as a waterspout.
sculpture depicting grotesque human shapes or evil spirits used in many buildings of the Middle Ages, most notably on Gothic cathedrals. Some gargoyles drained rainwater, sending it clear of the walls of the building.
A creature that is stone during the day and flesha nd blood during the night. Has the ability to glide on air currents. Ages at half the rate of a human being.
"Gargoyles were created with a two-fold practical purpose. One, to ward off evil and second, to eject excess water from the exterior of buildings. A gargoyle, although sometimes mistaken for a grotesque, is a spout or eavestrough carved in the form of a human or animal figure projecting from a roof gutter to catch rainwater and throw it clear of a building." Quoted from the Canadian Government website, Stones of History: Carvings of Stone. Click here to see some gargoyles and grotesques in the Stones of History Carving Gallery.
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
a decorative stone carving on old buildings
a grotesquely carved figure of a human or animal, esp
a grotesquely carved human or animal figure found on an architectural structure
an intelligent creature
a pierced or tunneled stone projecting from a gutter and intended to carry rain away from the wall and foundations
a stone or wood waterspout that projects from the upper part of a building and grotesques are nonfunctional decoration
A carved stone ornament with grotesque features, often found on churches, and believed to ward off evil spirits.
A grotesque spout projecting from a building to carry off rainwater
Carved figure with grotesque features; often on corners of buildings.
a grotesque Gothic ornament, often used as an outlet for water.
a spout usually carved in the shape of an animal or demon, and connected to a gutter for throwing rain water away from the foot of the wall
From the old French word gargouille, which means “throat,” Gargoyles served as rain spouts while also illustrating stories or scaring away evil spirits.
A water spout projecting from a roof, or the PARAPET of a wall or tower, and carved into a grotesque figure, human or animal.
From the Old French: gargouille, meaning: throat. The word refers to sound which water makes as it passes through the gullet. Originally a reference to the drains atop cathedrals which were later carved into the form of beasts or animals.
figurine carved as a grotesque figure, human or animal that projects from a roof or the parapet of a wall or tower.
a spout usually carved in the shape of an animal or demon, and connected to a gutter for throwing rain water from the roof of a building. See Gothic Field Guide Spotlight.
1. An ornamental spout, to discharge water outward from behind parapets. 2. By usage, the carved or molded ornamentation, generally in the form of a grotesque figure, of a projecting gutter spout.
A figurine that projects from a roof or the parapet of a wall or tower and is carved into a grotesque figure, human or animal.
In archiecture, a waterspout, often in the form of a grotesque.
Water spout or decoration in the form of a grotesque human or animal figure which projects from a wall or water table of a building.
Carved ornaments designed to carry rain water away from the side of buildings
A waterspout, usually in the form of an ugly creature, sticking out from the gutter of a building.
1 a : a spout in the form of a grotesque human or animal figure projecting from a roof gutter to throw rainwater clear of a building b : a grotesquely carved figure 2 : a person with an ugly face.
A gargoyle is a carved waterspout on a church or cathedral building. Often it is in a grotesque shape of some animal, dragon or demon and was very common on Gothic cathedrals (e.g. Notre Dame, Paris).
Grotesque figure best known in Gothic works, adapted from architecture for purely ornamental uses in antique furniture during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance era
A spout placed on the roof gutter of a Gothic building to carry away rainwater, commonly carved fancifully as in the shapes of animal heads.
In architecture, gargoyles (from the French gargouille, originally the throat or gullet, cf. Latin gurgulio, gula, and similar words derived from root gar, to swallow, the word representing the gurgling sound of water; Ital. doccione; Ger. Ausguss, Wasserspeier) are the carved terminations to spouts which convey water away from the sides of buildings.
In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game, a gargoyle is a grotesque winged monstrous humanoid creature, with a horned head and a stony hide.
Gargoyle is a character in the Time Splitters series of video games. The Gargoyle was once one of the many statues on Notre Dame until the insane Jacque de la Morte began to use black magic in the ancient cathedral, causing the Gargoyle to come to life. The Gargoyle hates strangers and pigeons.