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sta·lac·tite

 (stə-lăk′tīt′, stăl′ək-)
n.
An icicle-shaped mineral deposit, usually calcite or aragonite, hanging from the roof of a cavern, formed from the dripping of mineral-rich water.

[New Latin stalactītēs, from Greek stalaktos, dripping, from stalassein, stalak-, to drip.]

sta·lac′ti·form′ adj.
stal′ac·tit′ic (stăl′ăk-tĭt′ĭk, stə-lăk′-) adj.

stalactite

(ˈstæləkˌtaɪt)
n
(Geological Science) a cylindrical mass of calcium carbonate hanging from the roof of a limestone cave: formed by precipitation from continually dripping water. Compare stalagmite
[C17: from New Latin stalactites, from Greek stalaktos dripping, from stalassein to drip]
stalactic, staˈlactical, stalactital, stalactitic, ˌstalacˈtitical adj
stalactiform, less commonly stalactitiform adj

sta•lac•tite

(stəˈlæk taɪt, ˈstæl əkˌtaɪt)

n.
a deposit, usu. of calcium carbonate, shaped like an icicle, hanging from the roof of a cave or the like, and formed by the dripping of percolating calcareous water.
[1670–80; < New Latin stalactites < Greek stalakt(ós) dripping (v. adj. of stalássein to drip) + New Latin -ites -ite1]
stal`ac•tit′ic (-ˈtɪt ɪk) adj.

sta·lac·tite

(stə-lăk′tīt′)
A cylindrical or conical mineral deposit projecting downward from the roof of a cave or cavern, formed by dripping water saturated with minerals. Stalactites form gradually as the minerals precipitate out of the saturated water. They usually consist of calcite, but can also consist of other minerals.
Usage If you find it hard to remember the difference between stalagmites and stalactites, you are not alone. Both words refer to mineral deposits that form in caves. The source of each word is the Greek word stalassein, which means "to drip." This is appropriate, since each kind of deposit is formed by the dripping of mineral-rich water within caves. The difference is in position and orientation. A stalactite is an icicle-shaped deposit that hangs from the roof of a cavern, and a stalagmite is a conical mineral deposit that extends up from the floor of a cavern. And what do you call it when a stalagmite and stalactite meet and form a column? What else but a stalacto-stalagmite!

stalactite

A “stone icicle” formed on a cave ceiling from dissolved calcium carbonate deposited as dripping water evaporates.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stalactite - a cylinder of calcium carbonate hanging from the roof of a limestone cave
cave - a geological formation consisting of an underground enclosure with access from the surface of the ground or from the sea
cylinder - a surface generated by rotating a parallel line around a fixed line
dripstone - the form of calcium carbonate found in stalactites and stalagmites
Translations
stalaktit
stalaktit
StalaktitTropfstein
függõ cseppkõ
dropasteinn
stalaktitas
stalaktīts
stalaktit
sarkıtstalaktitdamla taş

stalactite

[ˈstæləktaɪt] Nestalactita f

stalactite

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stalactite

nStalaktit m

stalactite

[ˈstæləkˌtaɪt] nstalattite f

stalactite

(ˈstӕləktait) , ((American) stəˈlӕktait) noun
a spike of limestone hanging from the roof of a cave etc formed by the dripping of water containing lime.
References in classic literature ?
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.
The nose is a manifest congealed drop or stalactite.
The whole cut impressed me as if it were a cave with its stalactites laid open to the light.
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.
He ascended into grottos paved with emeralds, with panels of rubies, and the roof glowing with diamond stalactites.
On behalf of the People of Gibraltar, I will present the Captain with a polished cross-section of a stalactite from inside the Rock of Gibraltar to serve as a permanent reminder that the Rock is the Royal Navys constant, unwavering and welcoming home in the Mediterranean.
Ristovic's verse is stark, glistening, and surprising, sometimes fantastic: poetry becomes "an elegant stalactite," "little zebras," or "a bidet" in this book, which is the Serbian poet's first to be collected with English translation.
Taken from the organ balcony, pictured is the concert hall with stalactite ceiling detail in the Sea Around Us pub in Loughborough.
A stalagmite is a rock that grows vertically on a cave floor, the counterpart to the stalactite that hangs down from the top of the cave.
Hikers discovered the latest horde in a narrow crevice of a stalactite cave in the Galilee region.