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Topic: GEOLOGY

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Modern Latin
Origin: stalactites, from Greek stalaktos 'falling in drops'

stalactite

noun
     
stal‧ac‧tite [countable]
HEG a sharp pointed object hanging down from the roof of a cave, which is formed gradually by water that contains minerals as it drops slowly from the roof [↪ stalagmite]
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