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stalagmite

[ stuh-lag-mahyt, stal-uhg-mahyt ]
/ stəˈlæg maɪt, ˈstæl əgˌmaɪt /
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noun
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.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM stalagmite

stal·ag·mit·ic [stal-uhg-mit-ik], /ˌstæl əgˈmɪt ɪk/, stal·ag·mit·i·cal, adjectivestal·ag·mit·i·cal·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH stalagmite

stalactite, stalagmite
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British Dictionary definitions for stalagmite

stalagmite
/ (ˈstæləɡˌmaɪt) /

noun
a cylindrical mass of calcium carbonate projecting upwards from the floor of a limestone cave: formed by precipitation from continually dripping waterCompare stalactite

Derived forms of stalagmite

stalagmitic (ˌstæləɡˈmɪtɪk) or stalagmitical, adjective

Word Origin for stalagmite

C17: from New Latin stalagmites, from Greek stalagmos dripping; related to Greek stalassein to drip; compare stalactite
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Scientific definitions for stalagmite

stalagmite
[ stə-lăgmīt′ ]

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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