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1. A protective drip made of stone, as on a cornice over a door or window. Also called hoodmold.
a. A mineral deposit, such as a stalactite or a stalagmite, usually consisting of calcite, formed in caves from dripping water.
b. See flowstone.


1. (Geological Science) the form of calcium carbonate existing in stalactites or stalagmites
2. (Architecture) architect Also called: label or hood mould a drip made of stone



1. a stone molding used as a drip.
2. calcium carbonate occurring in the form of stalactites and stalagmites.
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Noun1.dripstone - the form of calcium carbonate found in stalactites and stalagmites
stalactite - a cylinder of calcium carbonate hanging from the roof of a limestone cave
stalagmite - a cylinder of calcium carbonate projecting upward from the floor of a limestone cave
calcium carbonate - a salt found in nature as chalk or calcite or aragonite or limestone
2.dripstone - a protective drip that is made of stonedripstone - a protective drip that is made of stone
drip mold, drip mould, drip - (architecture) a projection from a cornice or sill designed to protect the area below from rainwater (as over a window or doorway)
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There are dripstones of various types and colours, atypically warm in the cave."Regarding the natural conditions of the near surroundings, the discovery of a cave with these dimensions is unique," said Halama, as quoted by SITA.
Its extensive system is composed endogen caves with angular limestone cliffs, which abounds with flowstones, dripstones and other jaw-dropping geological features.
The delicate dripstones and crystals inside the caves have been formed over 1.000 or 10.000 years and hence need to be protected from too many visitors, which could destroy them very quickly.
Dripstone decoration is poor and suffered fracturing by young tectonic processes, which is obvious from fresh rupturing of the dripstones (Fig.