Stalactitic

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Stalactitic (Geol) Of or pertaining to a stalactite; having the form or characters of a stalactite; stalactic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Mineral deposits in caves: The ones growing upward are stalagmites, the ones growing downward are stalactites.
    • stalactitic Containing stalactites; having the form of stalactites: as, in mineralogy, the stalactitic structure of limonite, chalcedony, and other species.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Stalactitic having the form or properties of a stalactite
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. stalactitique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. stalaktosstalazein, to drip.

Usage

In literature:

But that which served as steps under our feet became in other places stalactites.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
The roof was hung with sparkling stalactites, and wonderful forms were ranged around.
"Holidays at the Grange or A Week's Delight" by Emily Mayer Higgins
Various fragments of stalactites and stalagmites were found as part of the detritus.
"Archeological Investigations" by Gerard Fowke
Slow water fell drop by drop from the point of the stalactite upon the point of the stalagmite.
"The Young Trailers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The Mitchelstown stalactite caverns, 10 m.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
In one cavern six curious blade-shaped stalactites are called the Major Chimes.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
For there would be no ice here; the drippings of the snowsheds, with their accompanying stalactites and stalagmites, were absent.
"The White Desert" by Courtney Ryley Cooper
A. BALFOUR (Stalactites) was insensible.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 159, November 24, 1920" by Various
I halted on my way to visit the curious and wonderful stalactite caverns of Adelsberg; they are like underground cathedrals.
"Autobiographical Reminiscences with Family Letters and Notes on Music" by Charles Gounod
The young girl struck her chip against the strangely formed stalactites, which hung down from the roof, so that it went out.
"Ekkehard. Vol. II (of II)." by Joseph Victor Scheffel
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In news:

A limestone cave with stalactites and stalagmites.
When I made the first incision the glitter of the stalactites in the poor fellow's gastric cavity positively blinded me — I had to wear blue glasses for a month.
Stalactite Serenity Click to enlarge.
We are 300 feet below the earth's surface in Sequoia National Park's Crystal Cave, aptly named for its magnificent, shining stalactites and stalagmites that surround us.
As more of the polymer is brushed on, the tube builds up and out, like the structure of an icicle or a stalactite, adding millimeters to even the shortest of hairs.
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