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stalagmite

[stuh-lag-mahyt, stal-uh g-mahyt] /stəˈlæg maɪt, ˈstæl əgˌmaɪt/
noun
1.
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
1675-1685
1675-85; < Neo-Latin stalagmites < Greek stálagm(a) a drop (stalag-, stem of stalássein to drip + -ma noun suffix of result) + Neo-Latin -ites -ite1
Related forms
stalagmitic
[stal-uh g-mit-ik] /ˌstæl əgˈmɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
stalagmitical, adjective
stalagmitically, adverb
Can be confused
stalactite, stalagmite.
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British Dictionary definitions for stalagmitical

stalagmite

/ˈstæləɡˌmaɪt/
noun
1.
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 stalagmitical

stalagmite

n.

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

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stalagmitical in Science
stalagmite
  (stə-lāg'mīt')   
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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