[ (stuh-lag-meyets) ]

Rock structures that grow up from the floors of caves as water drips down and deposits minerals. (Compare stalactites.)

Notes for stalagmites

Stalagmites grow very slowly.

Words Nearby stalagmites

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How to use stalagmites in a sentence

  • For there would be no ice here; the drippings of the snowsheds, with their accompanying stalactites and stalagmites, were absent.

    The White Desert | Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • From the roof hung fantastic stalactites and from the floor stalagmites equally fantastic shot up to meet them.

    The Young Trailers | Joseph A. Altsheler
  • It is composed of tufa, carbonate of lime, and was formed in the same manner as stalactites and stalagmites are formed.

  • Just as we touched the snow a spring bubbled from the rocks at our left, spurting its water over stalagmites of ice.

  • The rock is white limestone, in which are chambers and passage-ways, stalactites and stalagmites innumerable.

    Cuba, Old and New | Albert Gardner Robinson