stillicide

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Anglicisation of Latin stillicidium.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

stillicide (plural stillicides)

  1. Water falling in drops, especially in a row from the eaves of a roof, or from icicles or stalactites.
    • 1962, Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire:
      Whatever in my field of vision dwelt – / An indoor scene, hickory leaves, the svelte / Stilettos of a frozen stillicide – / Was printed on my eyelids' nether side / Where it would tarry for an hour or two, / And while this lasted all I had to do / Was close my eyes to reproduce the leaves, / Or indoor scene, or trophies of the eaves.
  2. (law) stillicidium; the right to collect such drops from a neighbor's roof that overhangs one's own property.