from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mineral deposit of calcium carbonate, in shapes similar to icicles, that lie on the ground of a cave.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Carbonate of lime deposited on the floor of a cavern. See stalactite.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a cylinder of calcium carbonate projecting upward from the floor of a limestone cave
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)
From Ancient Greek στάλαγμα ("drop") or σταλαγμός ("dripping"). (Wiktionary)