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

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stalagmitic \ˌsta-​(ˌ)lag-​ˈmi-​tik, stə-​ˌlag-​ \ adjective

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Inside, an obelisk-like stalagmite stood sentinel atop a mound decked with moss and neon-green ferns. Patrick Scott, WSJ, "A Blow-Your-Mind Adventure in Vietnam’s Caves," 13 Nov. 2018 But the team of European and U.S. researchers supplied detailed climatic records from over the course of thousands of years by looking at stalagmites in two Romanian caves, according to a press release. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Scientists Say Climate Change May Have Wiped Out Neanderthals," 30 Aug. 2018 The drought can be seen in stalagmites in India, where the lower monsoon levels are represented by changes in oxygen isotopes. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "According to Geologists, We're Living In a New Age," 18 July 2018 The Indiana Cave Trail encourages visitors to hit all four of these experiences from the mile-long-plus subterranean boat ride in Bluespring Cavern to the stunning stalcites and stalagmites of Marengo Cave. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 Lauren Fensterstock uses shells, resin, and rubber to make stalactites and stalagmites, and paper to make a dense head-high bed of black Japanese chrysanthemums. Thomas Hine,, "Brandywine River Museum's new exhibit finds scary beauty in the realm of decay," 5 July 2018 From the sandy Leapin’ Lagoon and its water jets to the stalactites and stalagmites of the Yakulla Caverns splash pad, there's no end to the fun. azcentral, "45 Phoenix area splash pads, parks and water features," 14 June 2018 But today's hour-long tours show off geology through rooms full of formations and still-forming stalactites and stalagmites. Shauna Steigerwald,, "Cincinnati tourism: Quick, easy trips from Cincy," 8 May 2018 In the eerie lighting, some of the stalactites and stalagmites have morphed into notable shapes named Pirate's Head, Sea Tortoise and the Giant. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Best Caribbean islands for nature lovers," 9 Apr. 2018

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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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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


sta·​lag·​mite | \stə-ˈlag-ˌmīt \

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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