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

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 stalagmitic (audio) , stə-​ˌlag-​ \ adjective

Examples of stalagmite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This historic national landmark offers day and overnight tours for spelunkers (both novice and experienced) to explore the cave’s 32 miles of stalagmites, stalactites, and other unique features. National Geographic, "Take an epic road trip to Tennessee’s coolest caverns," 16 Aug. 2019 In a cave in France Neandertals erected semicircular walls of stalagmites, possibly for some ritual purpose. Kate Wong, Scientific American, "Ancient Cave Paintings Clinch the Case for Neandertal Symbolism," 23 Feb. 2018 Stretching 245 feet tall, its long, central tower and sloping sides resemble a gigantic stalagmite of petrified lava residue. Rumela Basu, National Geographic, "Iceland’s tallest church was inspired by volcanoes," 27 June 2019 Divers flock to the site to witness the unique geology, which includes massive underwater stalactites and stalagmites that formed during the last glacial period. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Creepy Catacombs, Islands of Dolls, and 18 Other Terrifying Places for Thrill Seekers," 4 Sep. 2019 Listen to ethereal tunes in an underground cavern Virginia’s Luray Caverns has the most amazing stalactites and stalagmites. Trevor Cox, National Geographic, "15 musical wonders to see—and hear," 31 July 2019 Hindus worship a stalagmite inside the cave as an incarnation of Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction and regeneration. Washington Post, "Hindu pilgrimage begins amid high security in Kashmir," 2 July 2019 The children seem to have scooped up clay-rich mud from the floor and smeared it on a stalagmite against the far wall, then drew curved, sinuous shapes in the wet clay with their fingers. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "14,000-year-old footprints record an underground Stone Age family outing," 29 May 2019 Or test your mettle crossing a wood-plank bridge to a lone rocky spire that rises like a steroidal stalagmite. Jeff Opdyke,, "Crimea is an unexpected beauty set against an unsettled history," 23 June 2019

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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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5 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Stalagmite.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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 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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