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stalactite

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noun sta·lac·tite \stə-ˈlak-ˌtīt also ˈsta-lək-\

Simple Definition of stalactite

  • : a pointed piece of rock that hangs down from the roof of a cave and that is formed by dripping water which contains minerals

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of stalactite

  1. :  a deposit of calcium carbonate (as calcite) resembling an icicle hanging from the roof or sides of a cave

stalactitic

play \ˌsta-(ˌ)lak-ˈti-tik, stə-ˌ\ adjective

Illustration of stalactite

Origin and Etymology of stalactite

New Latin stalactites, from Greek stalaktos dripping, from stalassein to let drip


First Known Use: 1677

Rhymes with stalactite

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STALACTITE Defined for Kids

stalactite

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noun sta·lac·tite \stə-ˈlak-ˌtīt\

Definition of stalactite for Students

  1. :  a deposit hanging from the roof or side of a cave in the shape of an icicle formed by the partial evaporation of dripping water containing minerals




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