|Compare stalactite a cylindrical mass of calcium carbonate projecting upwards from the floor of a limestone cave: formed by precipitation from continually dripping water|
|[C17: from New Latin stalagmites, from Greek stalagmos dripping; related to Greek stalassein to drip; compare |
|stalagmite (stə-lāg'mīt') Pronunciation Key
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.