from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A protective drip made of stone, as on a cornice over a door or window. Also called hoodmold.
  • n. Calcium carbonate in the form of stalactites or stalagmites.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A protective moulding over a door or window that allows rain to drip away from the structure
  • n. stalactites and stalagmites collectively

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A drip, when made of stone. See drip, 2.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In architecture, a projecting molding or cornice over a doorway, window, etc., to prevent rain-water from trickling down.
  • n. A filtering-stone: so called by seamen.
  • n. Same as stalagmite.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the form of calcium carbonate found in stalactites and stalagmites
  • n. a protective drip that is made of stone


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  • Many of the younger caves which have formed at the plateau edges, such as Krásnohorská and Gombasecká, occur on several levels and contain dripstone decorations.

    Caves of Aggtelek and Slovak Karst, Hungary and Slovakia

  • The following are so designated: the last 150m of the canyon before the entrance to Skocjan Caves, the collapsed dolines Mala dolina and Velika dolina, all the caves, in the Park, and a dripstone formation on the surface near the Lipje cave.

    Skocjan Caves Regional Park, Slovenia

  • But you will be as doleful as a dripstone if you marry for money.

    Father Goriot

  • His dripstone was standing on the table near him, and, it seemed absently, he put his hand out to stroke it.

    Morgan’s Run

  • “I have begun to import dripstones from Teneriffe, and thought of you immediately,” said Cousin James-the-druggist, tucking the dripstone back into the box.

    Morgan’s Run

  • “I managed to preserve my health, mostly thanks to my dripstone.”

    Morgan’s Run

  • An impressive collection of books stood on a shelf on one wall, another shelf held what looked suspiciously like a dripstone, the bed was sheeted with Alexander-issue blankets, and a very nice table and two chairs stood in the middle of the floor.

    Morgan’s Run

  • “A dripstone,” said Cousin James-the-druggist proudly.

    Morgan’s Run

  • “I drank the water the dripstone produced myself, naturally.”

    Morgan’s Run

  • Ye make a fucken religion out of your wretched dripstone!

    Morgan’s Run


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