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  • n. Plural form of gurgoyle.

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Examples

  • Over this door are two stone gurgoyles, one above the other, let into recesses in the west wall, which is mainly of brick.

    Records of Woodhall Spa and Neighbourhood Historical, Anecdotal, Physiographical, and Archaeological, with Other Matter

  • The tower, externally, has two good original gurgoyles, the other two being modern.

    Records of Woodhall Spa and Neighbourhood Historical, Anecdotal, Physiographical, and Archaeological, with Other Matter

  • Immense gurgoyles, in the form of serpents, stretching from the roof to the base, pierced balustrades or galleries of lace-like delicacy, in which are introduced, according to the fashion of the period, the initial letters of the Vicomte Alain, A and V interlaced.

    Brittany & Its Byways

  • The gurgoyles were spouting, the eaves dripping, the gutters running as mountain torrents.

    In Troubadour-Land A Ramble in Provence and Languedoc

  • THE tower of Weatherbury Church was a square erection of fourteenth-century date, having two stone gurgoyles on each of the four faces of its parapet.

    Far from the Madding Crowd

  • Weatherbury tower was a somewhat early instance of the use of an ornamental parapet in parish as distinct from cathedral churches, and the gurgoyles, which are the necessary correlatives of a parapet, were exceptionally prominent -- of the boldest cut that the hand could shape, and of the most original design that a human brain could conceive.

    Far from the Madding Crowd

  • Weatherbury tower was a somewhat early instance of the use of an ornamental parapet in parish as distinct from cathedral churches, and the gurgoyles, which are the necessary correlatives of a parapet, were exceptionally prominent — of the boldest cut that the hand could shape, and of the most original design that a human brain could conceive.

    Far from the Madding Crowd

  • He defeats our sins, makes them prisoners, forces them into the service of good, chains them like galley-slaves to the rowing-benches of the gospel-ship, or sets them like ugly gurgoyles or corbels or brackets in the walls of his temples.

    Thomas Wingfold, Curate V3

  • They ought at once to be sketched -- would be worth any money to Currie the architect, for gurgoyles.

    Hopes and Fears or, scenes from the life of a spinster

  • And through these gurgoyles, these wild faces, carved upon spouts and gutters, flow out, like gathered rain, the bright, abundant thoughts, that have fallen from heaven.

    Hyperion

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