stalagmite

noun
sta·​lag·​mite | \ stə-ˈlag-ˌmīt How to pronounce stalagmite (audio) also ˈsta-ləg- \

Definition of stalagmite

: a deposit of calcium carbonate like an inverted stalactite formed on the floor of a cave by the drip of calcareous water

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Other Words from stalagmite

stalagmitic \ ˌsta-​(ˌ)lag-​ˈmi-​tik How to pronounce stalagmite (audio) , stə-​ˌlag-​ \ adjective

Examples of stalagmite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Using the top 6 inches of an 18-inch stalagmite that researchers removed from Leviathan Cave and brought back to the lab for analysis, researchers measured the length and depth of dry periods on the land surface going back about 13,400 years. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Why a Utah cave may hold clues to climate change and a warning about our water future," 30 Nov. 2020 During the last ice age, the spring was actually a dry cave, as proved by stalactites and stalagmites discovered well below the current water line. Dallas News, "Florida’s Venice has warm springs, shark teeth and more," 24 Mar. 2020 During the last ice age, the spring was actually a dry cave, as proved by stalactites and stalagmites discovered well below the current water line. Dallas News, "Florida’s Venice has warm springs, shark teeth and more," 24 Mar. 2020 So, the researchers looked at uranium-thorium isotopes in a stalagmite that had become encrusted in the woman's finger bones. Fox News, "9,900-year-old skeleton of horribly disfigured woman found in Mexican cave," 7 Feb. 2020 Closer to home, scientists have long used cave formations to gauge rainfall, based on ratios of oxygen isotopes left in stalactites and stalagmites by seeping water. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Diamond microscope reveals slow crawl of Earth’s ancient crust," 22 Apr. 2020 During the last ice age, the spring was actually a dry cave, as proved by stalactites and stalagmites discovered well below the current water line. Dallas News, "Florida’s Venice has warm springs, shark teeth and more," 24 Mar. 2020 During the last ice age, the spring was actually a dry cave, as proved by stalactites and stalagmites discovered well below the current water line. Dallas News, "Florida’s Venice has warm springs, shark teeth and more," 24 Mar. 2020 During the last ice age, the spring was actually a dry cave, as proved by stalactites and stalagmites discovered well below the current water line. Dallas News, "Florida’s Venice has warm springs, shark teeth and more," 24 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of stalagmite

1681, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stalagmite

New Latin stalagmites, from Greek stalagma drop or stalagmos dripping, from stalassein to let drip

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The first known use of stalagmite was in 1681

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6 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stalagmite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stalagmite. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for stalagmite

stalagmite

noun
How to pronounce stalagmite (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of stalagmite

: a pointed piece of rock that sticks up from the floor of a cave and that is formed by dripping water which contains minerals

stalagmite

noun
sta·​lag·​mite | \ stə-ˈlag-ˌmīt How to pronounce stalagmite (audio) \

Kids Definition of stalagmite

: a deposit like an upside down stalactite formed by the dripping of water containing minerals onto the floor of a cave

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