We also observed the rudiments of some royal cells appended like stalactites to the edges of the combs.
Thousands of stalactites hung from the roof like golden icicles.
In front, just below the bust, is a reading desk of stone, the outer edge of which is fringed with stalactites.
From the roof of many of these vaults were stalactites, but of no great length.
A green matter oozes from the seams in these rocks, and forms a kind of stalactites, which is apparently a carbonate of copper.
Also commonly found in veins, and as spring and cave deposits (stalactites).
Passing on you come to a pretty chamber ornamented with stalactites, composed mostly of yellow crystal.
Not very far away is the famous cave, bristling with stalactites.
The stalactites are tipped with drops of lime-water clear as crystal at the lowest point, and becoming gradually opaque.
Some of the stalactites have their lower portions damaged in a similar way.
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.
Note: Stalactites grow very slowly.
Note: One easy way to distinguish stalactites from stalagmites is to recall that stalactites “hold tight” to the ceiling of a cave. Stalagmites “might reach the ceiling” of the cave and form a column.