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.
Webster's New World
Other Word Forms of Stalagmite
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").
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