stalactitic

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From stalactite +‎ -ic.

Adjective[edit]

stalactitic (comparative more stalactitic, superlative most stalactitic)

  1. Consisting of or resembling stalactites.
    • 1822, Phillip Parker King, Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia] [Volume 2 of 2][1]:
      Dr. MacCulloch describes calcareous concretions, found in banks of sand in Perthshire, which present a great variety of stalactitic forms, generally more or less complicated, and often exceedingly intricate and strange […].
    • 1910, Nathaniel Southgate Shaler, Outlines of the Earth's History[2]:
      In this manner, much as in the case of the growth of stalactitic matter between the blocks of stone in the roofs of a cavern, large fragments of rock, known as "horses," are often pushed out into the body of the vein.
    • 1916, Fedor Jagor; Tomas de Comyn; Chas. Wilkes; Rudolf Virchow., The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes[3]:
      From this point both the landscape and the rocky cauldron are visible, and the latter is seen to be the remainder of a stalactitic cavern, the roof of which has fallen in.