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Every feature is visible, from the narrative reliefs above the main doors to the gargoyles and spires high above, to the color and textures of the stone.
Farley said, recalling the gargoyle figurines at the two-story residence and the cast-iron doors.
The whack-wacking flap of the pigeon’s fat wings has barely done disappearing down the city canyon when the glossy-beaked hawk leaps atop a rain spout gargoyleand looks down at me.
The headquarters are adorned with exotic artwork, including gothic gargoyles on the exterior.
To be immersed in a simulated, but fairly persuasive 360-degree representation of a Manhattan that's been overrun by animated gargoyles and ghosts hell-bent on mischief and destruction, participants have to put on clunky headsets.
His only friends are the statues and gargoyles in the belfry, who come to life in his mind.
If this were indeed a Dan Brown movie, then Jacques would soon uncover a secret conspiracy involving Satan, gargoyles, some mumbo-jumbo about the Illuminati and lots of evil priests speaking Latin.
And each year on Halloween, Zane and Aidan, and a hundred neighbors circle his house to see all the skeletons and pumpkins that gallivant as a gargoyle rides her.
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Did You Know?
In the 12th century, St. Bernard of Clairvaux reportedly complained about the new sculptures in the cloisters where he lived. "Surely," he is quoted as saying, "if we do not blush for such absurdities we should at least regret what we have spent on them." St. Bernard was apparently provoked by the grotesque figures designed to drain rainwater from buildings. By the 13th century, those figures were being called "gargoyles," a name that came to Middle English from the Old French gargoule. The stone beasts may have earned that name because of the water that gargled out of their throats and mouths.
GARGOYLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gargoyle for English Language Learners
: a strange or ugly human or animal figure that sticks out from the roof of a building (such as a church)
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