helictite

noun
he·​lic·​tite | \ hə̇ˈlikˌtīt, ˈhelə̇k- \
plural -s

Definition of helictite

: an irregular stalactite with branching convolutions or spines

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History and Etymology for helictite

helict- (from Greek heliktos twisted, rolled, from helik-, helix spiral) + -ite

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“Helictite.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/helictite. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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