American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A conical mineral deposit, usually calcite or aragonite, built up on the floor of a cavern, formed from the dripping of mineral-rich water.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Carbonate of lime deposited on the floor of a cavern. See stalactite.
- n. geology A mineral deposit of calcium carbonate, in shapes similar to icicles, that lie on the ground of a cave.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Geol.) A deposit more or less resembling an inverted stalactite, formed by calcareous water dropping on the floors of caverns; hence, a similar deposit of other material.
- n. a cylinder of calcium carbonate projecting upward from the floor of a limestone cave
- From Ancient Greek στάλαγμα ("drop") or σταλαγμός ("dripping"). (Wiktionary)
- New Latin stalagmītēs, a drop, from Greek stalagma, a drop, or stalagmos, dropping, both from stalassein, stalak-, to drip. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“: A 1,800-year-old stalagmite from a Chinese cave has revealed that, in the past, warmer years were associated with stronger East Asian monsoons.”
“The findings come from 1,800-year record of the Asian monsoon preserved in a stalagmite from a Chinese cave.”
“The top of the stalagmite was a bulbous shape that extended out from the curve.”
“Surrounding the stalagmite was a large number of artifacts, including sherds of high-quality Hellenistic Greek and Illyrian pottery.”
“And that, in some cases at least, this cave residence ended a very long time ago, we are assured, for since then a great thickness of stalagmite, which is deposited with extreme slowness, has spread over the lower cave deposits and sealed them in.”
“The piety commended is, in either case, a kind of stalagmite piety, built up from below, with the disadvantage of no drippings from above; a really cavernous formation, upon which the’ true light of day never shone.”
“Sajjad Hussain/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Devotees flock to the holy cave to pay homage to an ice stalagmite associated with the Hindu God Shiva.”
“Still, the Union Square staple serves up decent inexpensive food, and we had just arrived in time to see disgruntled chess players, skaters skipping class at NYU and that woman who practically lives in the park selling stalagmite candle holders scatter to the pounding rhythm of the sudden monsoon.”
“Caves of Aven ArmandThree years on, our granddaughter now 11 has not forgotten her visit to this spectacular cave, home to the world's largest known stalagmite which, throughout its 30 metres, sparkles like a diamond.”
“Tours lead visitors through a multitude of grandiose conference rooms including the newly restored "Room XX" by Miquel Barceló, complete with a multi-colored, stalagmite sculpture-covered ceiling.”
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