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[stuh-lag-mahyt, stal-uh g-mahyt] /stəˈlæg maɪt, ˈstæl əgˌmaɪt/
a deposit, usually of calcium carbonate, more or less resembling an inverted stalactite, formed on the floor of a cave or the like by the dripping of percolating calcareous water.
Origin of stalagmite
1675-85; < New Latin stalagmites < Greek stálagm(a) a drop (stalag-, stem of stalássein to drip + -ma noun suffix of result) + New Latin -ites -ite1
Related forms
[stal-uh g-mit-ik] /ˌstæl əgˈmɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
stalagmitical, adjective
stalagmitically, adverb
Can be confused
stalactite, stalagmite. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for stalagmite
Historical Examples
  • stalagmite , a deposit (on the floor of caves) resembling an inverted stalactite.

    Unexplored! Allen Chaffee
  • It will be seen that, at one place, the stalactite has united with the stalagmite below.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • Dr. Schmerling found in this cave a pointed bone implement incrusted with stalagmite and joined to a stone.

  • Above these beds was a stratum of black earth, underneath a sheet of stalagmite.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • Between two large masses of stalagmite was the body of a woman, robed in white.

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
  • Under the stalagmite the largest number of animal bones have been found.

    Primitive Man Louis Figuier
  • It has been estimated by the British Association that it requires twenty thousand years to produce a foot of stalagmite.

  • The remains were very old, and were encrusted with stalagmite.

  • Roof dust in a dry cavern is the equivalent of stalagmite in a wet one.

  • Rick sat with his back against the cold surface of a stalagmite column.

    The Caves of Fear John Blaine
British Dictionary definitions for stalagmite


a cylindrical mass of calcium carbonate projecting upwards from the floor of a limestone cave: formed by precipitation from continually dripping water Compare stalactite
Derived Forms
stalagmitic (ˌstæləɡˈmɪtɪk), stalagmitical, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin stalagmites, from Greek stalagmos dripping; related to Greek stalassein to drip; compare stalactite
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Word Origin and History for stalagmite

1680s, from Modern Latin stalagmites (Olaus Wormius), from Greek stalagmos "a dropping," or stalagma "a drop, drip," from stalassein "to trickle" (see stalactite).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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stalagmite in Science
A cylindrical or conical mineral deposit, similar to a stalactite but built up from the floor of a cave or cavern. Stalagmites are typically broader than stalactites. The two formations are often, but not always, paired, and they sometimes join at a midpoint to form a pillar. Compare stalactite.
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