stalactitic

stalactite

[stuh-lak-tahyt, stal-uhk-tahyt]
noun
a deposit, usually of calcium carbonate, shaped like an icicle, hanging from the roof of a cave or the like, and formed by the dripping of percolating calcareous water.

Origin:
1670–80; < Neo-Latin stalactites < Greek stalakt(ós) dripping (stalag-, stem of stalássein to drip + -tos verbid suffix) + Neo-Latin -ites -ite1

stalactitic [stal-uhk-tit-ik] , stalactitical, adjective
stalactitically, adverb

stalactite, stalagmite.
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stalactite (ˈstæləkˌtaɪt)
 
n
Compare stalagmite a cylindrical mass of calcium carbonate hanging from the roof of a limestone cave: formed by precipitation from continually dripping water
 
[C17: from New Latin stalactites, from Greek stalaktos dripping, from stalassein to drip]
 
stalactiform
 
adj
 
stalactitic
 
adj
 
stalac'titical
 
adj

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stalactite
1677, Anglicized from Mod.L. stalactites (used 1654 by Olaus Wormius), from Gk. stalaktos "dripping," from stalassein "to trickle," from PIE base *stag- "to seep, drip, drop" (cf. Ger. stallen, Lith. telziu "to urinate").
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stalactite   (stə-lāk'tīt')  Pronunciation Key 
A cylindrical or conical mineral deposit projecting downward from the roof of a cave or cavern, formed by the dripping of water saturated with minerals. Stalactites form gradually as the minerals precipitate out of the saturated water. They usually consist of calcite but can also consist of other minerals. Compare stalagmite.
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