stalagmite [st uh- lag-mahyt, stal- uh g-mahyt] EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of stalagmite 1675–85;
New Latin stalagmites
) a drop (
to drip +
noun suffix of result) +
New Latin -ites -ite 1 Related forms stal·ag·mit·ic , [stal- uh g- mit-ik] /ˌstæl əgˈmɪt ɪk/ stal·ag·mit·i·cal, adjective stal·ag·mit·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for stalagmite Historical Examples of stalagmite British Dictionary definitions for stalagmite noun a cylindrical mass of calcium carbonate projecting upwards from the floor of a limestone cave: formed by precipitation from continually dripping water Compare stalactite Derived Forms 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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Word Origin and History for stalagmite n.
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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