Stalagmite
Stalagmite Sta*lag"mite (st[.a]*l[a^]g"m[imac]t), n. [Gr. sta`lagma that which drops, a drop, fr. stala`zein to drop: cf. F. stalagmite.] (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. [1913 Webster]

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  • stalagmite — [ stalagmit ] n. f. • 1644; du gr. stalagmos « écoulement goutte à goutte » ♦ Géol. Concrétion analogue à la stalactite, mais s élevant en colonne sur le sol. Sol couvert de stalagmites. Adj. STALAGMITIQUE . ● stalagmite nom féminin (grec… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • stalagmite — (n.) 1680s, from Mod.L. stalagmites (Olaus Wormius), from Gk. stalagmos a dropping, or stalagma a drop, drip, from stalassein to trickle (see STALACTITE (Cf. stalactite)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • stalagmite — ► NOUN ▪ a mound or tapering column rising from the floor of a cave, formed of calcium salts deposited by dripping water. ORIGIN from Greek stalagma a drop , from stalassein to drip …   English terms dictionary

  • stalagmite — [stə lag′mīt, stal′əg mīt΄] n. [ModL stalagmites < Gr stalagmos, a dropping < stalassein, to drop or drip: see STALE2] a cone shaped, secondary mineral deposit built up on the floor of a cave by dripping water, often from a stalactite above …   English World dictionary

  • Stalagmite — Stalactite et stalagmite Une stalagmite est un spéléothème qui se forme sur le sol des grottes et souterrains par la chute lente et continue d eaux calcaires et par l effet splash de celles ci. Lorsque la stalagmite , en poursuivant sa lente… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • stalagmite —    1. Speleothem, normally of calcite, formed by upward growth from a cave floor, and therefore the complement of a stalactite. Stalagmites form when dripwater that is still saturated falls from a cave roof or stalactite and, when or after it… …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • stalagmite — UK [ˈstæləɡmaɪt] / US [stəˈlæɡˌmaɪt] noun [countable] Word forms stalagmite : singular stalagmite plural stalagmites science a long pointed piece of rock that rises up from the floor of a cave, formed by chemicals in water drops that have fallen… …   English dictionary

  • stalagmite — stalactite, stalagmite A stalactite hangs down from the roof of a cave, and is formed from dripping water containing rich minerals. A stalagmite rises up from the floor and is formed from deposits also caused by dripping. Both words are derived… …   Modern English usage

  • Stalagmite — A stalagmite (from the Greek stalagma ( ), drop or drip ) is a type of speleothem that rises from the floor of a limestone cave due to the dripping of mineralized solutions and the deposition of calcium carbonate. . If these formations grow… …   Wikipedia

  • stalagmite — See stalactite, stalagmite …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

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