We were in a long narrow cavern, water-worn, with traces of stalactite deposit on the rough walls.
It will be seen that, at one place, the stalactite has united with the stalagmite below.
To them we owe the stalactite roofing, afterwards developed with such success at the Alhambra.
I will also exchange minerals for stalagmites, and a trilobite for a stalactite.
I repeated the incident of being surrounded, and the way in which Tom presented a stalactite to the principal man.
Other pellets are attached, until this pillar, like a stalactite in a cave, is completed.
Then we arrived at a hall called dragons room, from a stalactite, which is said to have the form of a dragon.
The vestibule is covered by a dome with stalactite pendentives, and is perhaps the most complete and perfect example in Cairo.
To the left of the entrance is a grotesque pillar with little domes of snowy whiteness and masses of stalactite.
The outermost cave is 70 ft. in height and 200 in length, with massive pillars of stalactite reaching from roof to floor.
1670s, Englished from Modern Latin stalactites (used 1654 by Olaus Wormius), from Greek stalaktos "dripping," from stalassein "to trickle," from PIE root *stag- "to seep, drip, drop" (cf. German stallen, Lithuanian telziu "to urinate").
A cylindrical or conical mineral deposit projecting downward from the roof of a cave or cavern, formed by the dripping of water saturated with minerals. Stalactites form gradually as the minerals precipitate out of the saturated water. They usually consist of calcite but can also consist of other minerals. Compare stalagmite.