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|part of speech:
||a rock formation that looks like an icicle and hangs from the roof of a cave. Stalactites are built up from minerals in dripping water.
are two kinds of underground rock formations. Stalactites grow downward from the ceiling of a cave, and stalagmites grow upward from the floor of a cave. Here is a way to help you to remember which is which: stalac
tite -- c
mite -- g
comes from stalaktos
, an ancient Greek word that means "dripping" or "trickling."