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  1. Architecture. a stone molding used as a drip.
  2. calcium carbonate occurring in the form of stalactites and stalagmites.
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Origin of dripstone

First recorded in 1785–95; drip + stone
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Examples from the Web for dripstone

Historical Examples of dripstone

  • On three sides of the tower the dripstone is almost perfect.

    Bell's Cathedrals: The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury

    H. J. L. J. Mass

  • But you will be as doleful as a dripstone if you marry for money.

    Father Goriot

    Honore de Balzac

  • In the above-mentioned wall is an Early English doorway, with a dripstone adorned with the nailhead moulding.

  • Those that flank the portal have each a large niche at the bottom, with engaged shafts, and the head and dripstone trefoiled.

  • The dripstone sections of their capitals are therefore unnecessary and ridiculous.

British Dictionary definitions for dripstone


  1. the form of calcium carbonate existing in stalactites or stalagmites
  2. Also called: label, hood mould architect a drip made of stone
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