Definition of speleothem in English:

speleothem

Syllabification: spe·le·o·them
Pronunciation: /ˈspēlēəˌTHem
 
/

noun

Geology
A structure formed in a cave by the deposition of minerals from water, e.g., a stalactite or stalagmite.
More example sentences
  • Stalactites, stalagmites, and other speleothems - or cave formations - grow as water travels through rocks, dissolves minerals, and then seeps into caves and redeposits those substances.
  • The most common type of speleothems studied for palaeoclimate are cylindrical stalagmites.
  • Water chemical data are important for palaeohydrological interpretations, but in this case we restrict the discussion to available water data from close to the studied speleothems.

Origin

1950s: from Greek spēlaion 'cave' + thema 'deposit'.

Definition of speleothem in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day ween
Pronunciation: wēn
verb
be of the opinion; think or suppose