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stalagmite

Line breaks: stal¦ag|mite
Pronunciation: /ˈstaləɡmʌɪt
 
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Definition of stalagmite in English:

noun

A mound or tapering column rising from the floor of a cave, formed of calcium salts deposited by dripping water and often uniting with a stalactite.
Example sentences
  • Icicles, stalactites, stalagmites, lava tubes, and some crystals may be considered cylindrical, but the rest of the nonbiotic Universe has other shapes.
  • Meanwhile, souvenir-snatching tourists add to the damage, breaking limestone stalagmites and stalactites from cave floors and ceilings.
  • Water dripped onto the cave floor from hanging purple stalactites, emerald stalagmites rose from the floor and everywhere evidence of supernatural beauty lingered.

Origin

late 17th century: from modern Latin stalagmites, from Greek stalagma 'a drop', based on stalassein (see stalactite).

Derivatives

stalagmitic

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈmɪtɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Normally the ground color is white but almost invariably veined by an unequal distribution of the coloring, or by the subsequent infiltration of metallic oxides during its stalagmitic formation - i.e. stalagmites and stalactites.
  • The room following was swathed in green velvet, evoking a moss-covered cavern complete with stalagmitic and stalactitic projections and sand underfoot.
  • This leads past a brown stalagmitic flow on the right, to an iron ladder which descends to the top of East Slope in the Main Chamber.

Words that rhyme with stalagmite

Elamitedolomite

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