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stalagmite

sta·lag·mite

stalagmite

pronunciation:
st laeg maIt [or] stae lg maIt
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part of speech: noun
definition: a rock formation that looks like a cone and is built upward from the floor of a cave. Stalagmites are built up from minerals in dripping water.
derivation: stalagmitic (adj.)
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Stalagmite comes from stalagma, an ancient Greek word that means "a drop."
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