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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

A decoration on a building in the form of a strange, imaginary creature.

Usage examples (38)
  • The old building had an intricately carved gargoyle on its corner.
  • She had learned that the word gargoyle, from the French, was related to gargouille, which meant “gullet.”
  • I'm not entirely sure this is a gargoyle from the French: to gargle as, to be one, it has to have a water spout in its mouth.
  • Behind the gargoyle was a door, presumably leading into the kitchen. for more
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  • Water will "gurgle" (water flowing with a gentle sound) from the mouth of the "gargoyle" (a carved stone figure). Note: Gargle means to medicate one's throat with a liquid medicine. ***This word was used in the 2006 Scripps National Spelling Bee finals.
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