Stalactites


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Stal`ac`ti´tes

    (stăl`ăk`tī´tēz)
n.1.A stalactite.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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He ascended into grottos paved with emeralds, with panels of rubies, and the roof glowing with diamond stalactites. Pearls fell drop by drop, as subterranean waters filter in their caves.
In one place they found a spacious cavern, from whose ceiling depended a multitude of shining stalactites of the length and circumference of a man's leg; they walked all about it, wondering and admiring, and presently left it by one of the numerous passages that opened into it.
The whole cut impressed me as if it were a cave with its stalactites laid open to the light.
The nose is a manifest congealed drop or stalactite. The chin is a still larger drop, the confluent dripping of the face.
Amongst these are the curious legends which I collected about the chain armour that saved us from destruction in the great battle of Loo, and also about the "Silent Ones" or Colossi at the mouth of the stalactite cave.
Muller thinks the `hides' were a stalactite formation in the `Cave of Nestor' near Messenian Pylos, -- though the cave of Hermes is near the Alpheus (l.
Next minute "the unobstructed beam" was shining right into the knapsack itself, for all the world like one of those little demon electric lights with which the dentist makes a momentary treasure-cave of your distended jaws, flashing with startled stalactite. At the same moment Nicolete's starry eyes took the same direction; then there broke from her her lovely laughter, merry and inextinguishable.
Judy Scala, a retired English teacher, wrote: "The way to remember the difference between stalactites and stalagmites is in their spellings.
The cave is famous for its charming beauty as the stalactites and stalagmites have created unique natural shapes.
"What's unique about this cave, is that it's the longest in the world," Mr Langford said, resting in a chamber of the cave dubbed the Wedding Hall because of its salt stalactites.
Israeli cave explorers said Thursday that a salt cave with striking stalactites near the Dead Sea is the world's longest, beating the previous record-holder in Iran.