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dripstone

[drip-stohn]
noun
  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

dripstone

noun
  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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