[stuh-lag-mahyt, stal-uh g-mahyt]
- 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 of stalagmite
1675–85; < New Latin stalagmites < Greek stálagm(a) a drop (stalag-, stem of stalássein to drip + -ma noun suffix of result) + New Latin -ites -ite1
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Examples from the Web for stalagmites
And when you talked to him about the stalagmites—was there anyone else with him at the time?The Four Pools Mystery
I will also exchange minerals for stalagmites, and a trilobite for a stalactite.
Those reaching up from the floor of the cave are stalagmites.Our Little Cuban Cousin
Mary Hazelton Wade
Even the stalactites and stalagmites are overlaid with ornamentation.
The other stalagmites away out of reach are white and glistening.
- a cylindrical mass of calcium carbonate projecting upwards from the floor of a limestone cave: formed by precipitation from continually dripping waterCompare stalactite
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 stalagmites
1680s, from Modern Latin stalagmites (Olaus Wormius), from Greek stalagmos "a dropping," or stalagma "a drop, drip," from stalassein "to trickle" (see stalactite).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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Stalagmites grow very slowly.
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