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scupper, Gutter Outlet
1.) An outlet for a gutter in a wall or parapet to allow water to drain off a roof.
2.) A grill or other device to stop debris clogging a drain or gutter outlet.

hue citadel rainwater scupper

An ornamental rainwater outlet from a horizontal valley gutter. One of very many, each different in the 19th. century Citadel complex in Hue, Vietnam.

Northern Australia vealley gutter

A modern version of a similar outlet between parallel roofs. This time absolutely no obstructions to shift the tropical downpours in Darwin, Australia.

Prambanan temple central Java

From the 9th century temple complex at Prambanan central Java, this outlet one of dozens that take rainwater from the stone paved terraces. A good feature of outlets like these is to protrude well away from the wall so that the water gets away cleanly and does not stain the wall.

See also this sectional sketch though a parapet gutter.

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