Stalagmite meaning

stə-lăgmīt, stăləg-
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A cylindrical or conical mineral deposit, similar to a stalactite but built up from the floor of a cave or cavern. Stalagmites are typically broader than stalactites. The two formations are often, but not always, paired, and they sometimes join at a midpoint to form a pillar.
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(geology) A mineral deposit of calcium carbonate, in shapes similar to icicles, that lie on the ground of a cave.
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A conical mineral deposit, usually calcite or aragonite, built up on the floor of a cavern, formed from the dripping of mineral-rich water.
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A secondary mineral deposit, typically cylindrical with a somewhat conical top, built up on the floor of a cave by dripping water, often from a stalactite above.
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Origin of stalagmite

  • New Latin stalagmītēs a drop from Greek stalagma a drop or stalagmos dropping both from stalassein stalak- to drip

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

  • From New Latin stalagmites, from Ancient Greek στάλαγμα (stalagma, “drop") or σταλαγμός (stalagmos, “dripping").

    From Wiktionary