dripstone

noun
drip·​stone | \ ˈdrip-ˌstōn How to pronounce dripstone (audio) \

Definition of dripstone

1 : a stone drip (as over a window)
2 : calcium carbonate in the form of stalactites or stalagmites

Examples of dripstone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There, the massive (everything seems bigger in Mammoth Cave) dripstone takes on the appearance of ancient falls stopped in their tracks eons ago. Michael Schroeder, Twin Cities, "Kentucky’s underground rock star: Mammoth Cave National Park," 12 Oct. 2019 There, the massive (everything seems bigger in Mammoth Cave) dripstone takes on the appearance of ancient falls stopped in their tracks eons ago. Michael Schroeder, The Know, "Kentucky’s underground rock star: Mammoth Cave National Park," 29 Sep. 2019 There, the massive (everything seems bigger in Mammoth Cave) dripstone takes on the appearance of ancient falls stopped in their tracks eons ago. Michael Schroeder, Twin Cities, "Kentucky’s underground rock star: Mammoth Cave National Park," 12 Oct. 2019 There, the massive (everything seems bigger in Mammoth Cave) dripstone takes on the appearance of ancient falls stopped in their tracks eons ago. Michael Schroeder, The Know, "Kentucky’s underground rock star: Mammoth Cave National Park," 29 Sep. 2019 There, the massive (everything seems bigger in Mammoth Cave) dripstone takes on the appearance of ancient falls stopped in their tracks eons ago. Michael Schroeder, Twin Cities, "Kentucky’s underground rock star: Mammoth Cave National Park," 12 Oct. 2019 There, the massive (everything seems bigger in Mammoth Cave) dripstone takes on the appearance of ancient falls stopped in their tracks eons ago. Michael Schroeder, The Know, "Kentucky’s underground rock star: Mammoth Cave National Park," 29 Sep. 2019 There, the massive (everything seems bigger in Mammoth Cave) dripstone takes on the appearance of ancient falls stopped in their tracks eons ago. Michael Schroeder, Twin Cities, "Kentucky’s underground rock star: Mammoth Cave National Park," 12 Oct. 2019 There, the massive (everything seems bigger in Mammoth Cave) dripstone takes on the appearance of ancient falls stopped in their tracks eons ago. Michael Schroeder, The Know, "Kentucky’s underground rock star: Mammoth Cave National Park," 29 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of dripstone

circa 1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dripstone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dripstone. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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