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waterspout carved in grotesque figures on a building

The meaning of the word gargoyle is waterspout carved in grotesque figures on a building.

Random words

aloofapart; not open in one's relationship with other people; reserved; ADV.
levyimpose (a fine); collect (a payment); impose or collect (a tax); Ex. levy a tax on tobacco
mayheminjury to body; crime of willfully maiming or crippling a person; violent disorder; Ex. mayhem in the zoo; CF. maim
mosaicpicture made of small colorful inlaid tiles; ADJ.
respitetime for rest; interval of relief; delay in punishment; reprieve
ruminatechew over and over (mentally or, like cows, physically); mull over(ponder)
confineshut in an enclosed space; restrict; keep within limits; N. confinement
stagnant(of water) not flowing (often bad-smelling); motionless; stale; not developing; inactive; dull; Ex. stagnant industrial output
preytarget of a hunt; victim; V: hunt and eat as prey; victimize; Ex. Cats prey on mice.
inconsequentialinsignificant; unimportant