From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gargoyle \Gar"goyle\, n. [OE. garguilie, gargouille, cf. Sp.
   g['a]rgola, prob. fr. the same source as F. gorge throat,
   influenced by L. gargarizare to gargle. See Gorge and cf.
   Gargle, Gargarize.] (Arch.)
   A spout projecting from the roof gutter of a building, often
   carved grotesquely. [Written also gargle, gargyle, and
   [1913 Webster]
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