sta|lac|tite

sta|lac|tite
sta|lac|tite «stuh LAK tyt, STAL uhk-», noun.
1. a formation of lime, shaped like an icicle, hanging from the roof or sides of a cave. It is formed by dripping water that contains lime. »

Perfect stalactites, as thin as straws and untouched by man, have been found in a cave on North Island, New Zealand (Science News Letter).

2. any formation shaped like this.
[< New Latin stalactites < Greek stalaktós dripping < stalássein to trickle]

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  • sta·lac·tite — /stəˈlækˌtaıt, Brit ˈstæləkˌtaıt/ noun, pl tites [count] : a pointed piece of rock that hangs down from the roof of a cave and that is formed by dripping water which contains minerals …   Useful english dictionary

  • lac — ab·lac·ta·tion; aga·lac·tia; al·a·gui·lac; alan·to·lac·tone; al·lac·ta·ga; al·lac·tite; am·bu·lac·ral; am·bu·lac·ri·form; am·bu·lac·rum; an·a·ga·lac·tic; an·a·phy·lac·tic; an·a·phy·lac·tin; an·a·phy·lac·to·gen; an·a·phy·lac·toid;… …   English syllables

  • tite — al·bi·tite; al·lac·tite; alush·tite; am·a·ran·tite; anal·ci·tite; an·or·thi·tite; ap·a·tite; ap·pe·tite; ar·gen·tite; as·phal·tite; as·tite; at·e·les·tite; at·lan·tite; au·gi·tite; bal·lis·tite; bas·tite; bil·lie·tite; bi·o·tite; bi·par·tite;… …   English syllables

  • stalactite — sta|lac|tite [ stə læk,taıt ] noun count a long pointed piece of rock that hangs down from the roof of a CAVE, formed by chemicals in water drops that have fallen over many years …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • stalactite — sta•lac•tite [[t]stəˈlæk taɪt, ˈstæl əkˌtaɪt[/t]] n. gel a deposit, usu. of calcium carbonate, shaped like an icicle, hanging from the roof of a cave or the like, and formed by the dripping of percolating calcareous water • Etymology: 1670–80;… …   From formal English to slang

  • Stalactite — Sta*lac tite ( t[imac]t), n.; pl. {Stalactites} ( t[imac]ts). [Gr. stalakto s oozing out in drops, dropping, fr. stala zein to drop: cf. F. stalactite.] (Geol.) (a) A pendent cone or cylinder of calcium carbonate resembling an icicle in form and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stalactites — Stalactite Sta*lac tite ( t[imac]t), n.; pl. {Stalactites} ( t[imac]ts). [Gr. stalakto s oozing out in drops, dropping, fr. stala zein to drop: cf. F. stalactite.] (Geol.) (a) A pendent cone or cylinder of calcium carbonate resembling an icicle… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cal — abi·o·log·i·cal; adre·no·cor·ti·cal; aero·bi·o·log·i·cal; aero·chem·i·cal; aero·log·i·cal; aero·med·i·cal; aero·nau·ti·cal; aero·phys·i·cal; aero·tech·ni·cal; aes·thet·i·cal·ly; afo·cal; ag·a·tho·kak·o·log·i·cal; ag·nat·i·cal·ly;… …   English syllables

  • a — acar·a·pis; ac·a·ri·a·sis; ac·a·ri·a·sis; ac·a·ri·na; ac·a·ri·nar·i·um; ac·a·rine; ac·a·ri·nol·o·gy; ac·a·ri·no·sis; ac·a·ro·ce·cid·i·um; ac·a·roid; ac·a·rol·o·gist; ac·a·rol·o·gy; ac·a·ro·pho·bia; ac·a·rus; acat·a·lep·sy; acat·a·lex·is;… …   English syllables

  • ma — abo·ma; ab·o·ma·sal; ab·o·ma·sum; abro·ma; ab·u·ku·ma·lite; abu·lo·ma·nia; acan·tho·chei·lo·ne·ma; ac·an·tho·ma; acan·tho·so·ma; ac·cla·ma·tion; ac·cli·ma·ta·tion; ac·cli·ma·tion; ac·cli·ma·ti·za·tion; ac·cli·ma·tize; acel·da·ma; acho·ma·wi;… …   English syllables

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