Stalactite meaning

stə-lăktīt, stălək-
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An icicle-shaped, secondary mineral deposit, usually calcite, that hangs from the roof of a cave and is formed by the evaporation of dripping water that is full of minerals.
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A cylindrical or conical mineral deposit projecting downward from the roof of a cave or cavern, formed by the dripping of 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.
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(geology) A mineral deposit of calcium carbonate, in shapes similar to icicles, that hangs from the roof of a cave.
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An icicle-shaped mineral deposit, usually calcite or aragonite, hanging from the roof of a cavern, formed from the dripping of mineral-rich water.
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Origin of stalactite

  • New Latin stalactītēs from Greek stalaktos dripping from stalassein stalak- to drip

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From New Latin stalactites, from Ancient Greek σταλακτός (stalaktos, “dripping").

    From Wiktionary