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From New Latin stalactites, from Ancient Greek σταλακτός (stalaktós, “dripping”).
stalactite (plural stalactites)
- (geology) A secondary mineral deposit of calcium carbonate or another mineral, in shapes similar to icicles, that hangs from the roof of a cave.
- 1876, Mark Twain [pseudonym; Samuel Langhorne Clemens], chapter XXXIII, in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Hartford, Conn.: The American Publishing Company, →OCLC:
- In one place, near at hand, a stalagmite had been slowly growing up from the ground for ages, builded by the water-drip from a stalactite overhead.
- Coordinate term: stalagmite
mineral deposit hanging from the roof of a cave
Borrowed from New Latin stalactites, from Ancient Greek σταλακτός (stalaktós).
stalactite f (plural stalactites)
- (geology) stalactite
- Antonym: stalagmite
- “stalactite”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
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