stalactite

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

Definition of stalactite

  1. :  a deposit of calcium carbonate (such 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


STALACTITE Defined for English Language Learners

stalactite

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

Definition of stalactite for English Language Learners

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


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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