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Meaning of STALACTITE

Pronunciation:  stu'laktIt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a cylinder of calcium carbonate hanging from the roof of a limestone cave
 

STALACTITE is a 10 letter word that starts with S.

 

 See Also: cave, cylinder, dripstone

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Sta*lac"tite\, n.; pl. {Stalactites}. [Gr. ? oozing
out in drops, dropping, fr. ? to drop: cf. F. stalactite.]
(Geol.)
(a) A pendent cone or cylinder of calcium carbonate
    resembling an icicle in form and mode of attachment.
    Stalactites are found depending from the roof or sides of
    caverns, and are produced by deposition from waters which
    have percolated through, and partially dissolved, the
    overlying limestone rocks.
(b) In an extended sense, any mineral or rock of similar form
    and origin; as, a stalactite of lava.

 

 

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