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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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 Teeth found in Chinese caves have been dated between 80,000 and 120,000 years, although the dates are based on the caves’ stalagmites, not the teeth themselves. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Human finger bone points to an early exodus out of Africa," 9 Apr. 2018 Forty to 70 feet below ground, stalactites and stalagmites meet to form columns, delicate soda straws dangle from the ceiling and flowstones cover the walls. Chelsey Lewis, USA TODAY, "Seven natural wonders in Wisconsin," 16 Mar. 2018 The locations appear deliberately selected, the ceilings of low overhangs or impressive stalagmite formations. Chris Standish, Newsweek, "What Makes Us Human? Discovery of Neanderthal Art Is Rewriting What We Know About Ourselves," 27 Feb. 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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