stalactite
[ stuh-lak-tahyt ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
late 17th century; Latin from modern Latin stalactites, from Greek stalaktos 'dripping', based on stalassein 'to drip'
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Definition
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
Example
A) As they toured the cave, they looked up to see stalactites hanging from the cave’s ceiling. B) The cave exhibited many large stalactite formations.
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