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sta·lag·mite

 (stə-lăg′mīt′, stăl′əg-)
n.
A conical mineral deposit, usually calcite or aragonite, built up on the floor of a cavern, formed from the dripping of mineral-rich water.

[New Latin stalagmītēs, a drop, from Greek stalagma, a drop, or stalagmos, dropping, both from stalassein, stalak-, to drip.]

stal′ag·mit′ic (stăl′əg-mĭt′ĭk, stə-lăg′-) adj.
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stalagmite

(ˈstæləɡˌmaɪt)
n
(Geological Science) a cylindrical mass of calcium carbonate projecting upwards from the floor of a limestone cave: formed by precipitation from continually dripping water. Compare stalactite
[C17: from New Latin stalagmites, from Greek stalagmos dripping; related to Greek stalassein to drip; compare stalactite]
stalagmitic, ˌstalagˈmitical adj
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sta•lag•mite

(stəˈlæg maɪt, ˈstæl əgˌmaɪt)

n.
a deposit, usu. of calcium carbonate, resembling an inverted stalactite, formed on the floor of a cave or the like by the dripping of percolating calcareous water.
[1675–85; < New Latin stalagmites < Greek stálagm(a) a drop (stalag-, s. of stalássein to drip + -ma n. suffix of result) + New Latin -ites -ite1]
stal`ag•mit′ic (-ˈmɪt ɪk) adj.
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sta·lag·mite

(stə-lăg′mīt′)
A cylindrical or conical mineral deposit, similar to a stalactite, but built up from the floor of a cave or cavern.
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stalagmite

A calcium carbonate column on a cave floor formed in the same way as a stalactite.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stalagmite - a cylinder of calcium carbonate projecting upward from the floor 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
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Translations
stalagmit
stalagmit
StalagmitTropfstein
álló cseppkõ
dropasteinskerti
stalagmitas
stalagmīts
stalagmit
dikit

stalagmite

[ˈstæləgmaɪt] Nestalagmita f
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stalagmite

[ˈstæləgmaɪt] nstalagmite f
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stalagmite

nStalagmit m
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stalagmite

[ˈstæləgˌmaɪt] nstalagmite f
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stalagmite

(ˈstӕləgmait) , ((American) stəˈlӕgmait) noun
a spike of limestone rising from the floor of a cave, formed by water dripping from the roof.
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References in classic literature ?
This shortly brought them to a be- witching spring, whose basin was incrusted with a frostwork of glittering crystals; it was in the midst of a cavern whose walls were supported by many fan- tastic pillars which had been formed by the joining of great stalactites and stalagmites together, the result of the ceaseless water-drip of centuries.
Sometimes the stalagmites took strange forms, presumably where the dropping of the water had not always been on the same spot.
Shen led his team to southern Thailand to collect three stalagmite samples from caves in 2010, spending the next 10 years analyzing the mineral deposits inside the stalagmites.
I started describing the difficulty in differentiating such similar words as "stalactite" and "stalagmite" and introduced the concept of mnemonics little memory tricks people use.
The cave is famous for the naturally formed 'shivalinga', which is made of stalagmite. Recently, the cave is witnessing hordes of tourists and pilgrims across the country as pilgrims are paying their obeisance to Lord Shiva as part of the Kanwar Yatra or Bol Bam Yatra celebration.
Amarnath Cave, covered by snow almost all year round, contains an ice stalagmite that is considered a physical manifestation of Lord Shiva, a Hindu god.
Meanwhile, a stalagmite is an upward-growing mound of mineral deposits that have precipitated from water dripping onto the floor of a cave.
New York: Studying the last 50 years of growth of a stalagmite from a cave in Meghalaya -- known for getting the most rain on Earth -- can unlock secrets about climate change and could help better predict monsoon patterns, droughts and floods in India, scientists say.
Sat in a large limestone cave within the Zagros mountains, several miles outside of the city, the nearly seven-metre tall statue was carved out of a single stalagmite, with great care and attention paid to the details of his features and omate attire.
Neandertal groups explored the cave's dark recesses, where they assembled stalagmite pieces into complex configurations, archaeologist Jacques Jaubert of the University of Bordeaux in France and colleagues report in the June 2 Nature.
The team reconstructed rainfall patterns and temperature over 450 years by analyzing the chemical composition of a stalagmite recovered from a cave in Belize.