stalactite

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English[edit]

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Group of stalactites in Brazil.

Etymology[edit]

From New Latin stalactites, from Ancient Greek σταλακτός (stalaktós, dripping).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /stəˈlæktaɪt/, /ˈstæləktaɪt/

Noun[edit]

stalactite (plural stalactites)

  1. (geology) A mineral deposit of calcium carbonate, in shapes similar to icicles, that hangs from the roof of a cave.

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