Definition of helictite in English:

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Pronunciation: /həˈliktīt/ /ˈhelikˌtīt/


A distorted form of stalactite, typically resembling a twig.
Example sentences
  • This has all the usual features one might expect in a cave - hundreds of stalagmites, stalactites and even helictites (strangely twisted stalactites).
  • At Lehman Caves, sign up early for one of the guided tours through an otherworldly half mile of stalactites, stalagmites, and twisting, straw-shaped helictites.
  • Near the end, a moderate crawl led to another cluster of crystals and helictites, though only a few of the group bothered with the crawl.


Late 19th century: from Greek heliktos 'twisted', on the pattern of stalactite.

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Syllabification: he·lic·tite

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