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).

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Noun[edit]

stalactite (plural stalactites)

  1. (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 1000326417:
      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

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French[edit]

des stalactites

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /sta.lak.tit/
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Noun[edit]

stalactite f (plural stalactites)

  1. (geology) stalactite
    Antonym: stalagmite
  2. icicle

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