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An elongated icicle like form in which certain minerals are deposited. As from the roof of a cave.

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Usage examples "stalactite":

  1. The caverns often branch off in different directions through the rock, widening and contracting their dimensions, and the roofs and floors are covered with stalactite. - "The Student's Elements of Geology", Sir Charles Lyell.
  2. An icicle is a stalactite of frozen water; these were of lava, shaped just like large icicles. - "Scenes in the Hawaiian Islands and California", Mary Evarts Anderson.
  3. Where stalactite meets stalagmite there are pillars: where stalactite meets stalactite in fissures long or short there are elegances, flimsy draperies, delicate fantasies; there were also pools of water in which hung heads and feet, and there were vacant spots at outlying spaces, where the arched roof, which continually heightened itself, was reflected in the chill gleam of the floor. - "The Purple Cloud", M.P. Shiel.