stalagmite

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noun sta·lag·mite \ stə-ˈlag-ˌmīt 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

stalagmitic

play \ˌsta-(ˌ)lag-ˈmi-tik, stə-ˌ\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of stalagmite

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


STALAGMITE Defined for English Language Learners

stalagmite

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Definition of stalagmite for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

stalagmite

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noun sta·lag·mite \ stə-ˈlag-ˌmīt \

Definition of stalagmite for Students

: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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