stalac-, stalag- (Greek > Latin: dropping, dripping; trickling; to drip, to drop, to trickle).
Deposited by dripping water; pertaining to or consisting of stalactites.
Of the nature of a stalactite; resembling or pertaining to stalactites.
Having the form of a stalactite.
1. An icicle-like formation of calcium carbonate (calcite or aragonite), dripping from the roof or sides of a cavern and produced by the dropping of water over a long time which has percolated through, and partially dissolved, the overlying limestone.
2. A conical hanging pillar in a limestone cave that has gradually built up as a deposit from ground water seeping through the cave's roof.
See Jimmy, this is a stalactite, a word that comes from Modern Latin stalactites; but before that it came from Greek, stalaktos, meaning "dripping, dropping," or "to drip."
Having the form or structure of a stalactite, resembling or pertaining to stalactites.
1. A conical pillar in a limestone cave that is gradually built upward from the floor as a deposit from ground water seeping mineral-rich water through and dripping from the cave's roof.
2. An incrustation or deposit, more or less like an inverted stalactite, on the floor of a cavern, formed by the dropping from the roof of some calcite or aragonite in solution.
Now, this is a stalagmite, which also came from Greek stalagma, "a drop," or stalagmos, "dropping;" through New Latin stalagmites, "a drop" and both of them came from stalassein, stalak-, "to drip."
Formed in the same way as a stalagmite, composed of stalagmites or having their form or character.
Finally, when a stalactite and a stalagmite join, we end up with a stalemate.
Just joking. It's really called a stalacto-stalagmite and it is pronounced [stuh LAK toh-stuh LAG might]. It is defined as a columnar deposit formed by the union of a stalactite with its complementary stalagmite composed of mineral-rich water; but, if it is easier for you to remember, it is also called a "column". Now you know all about these cave formations, don't you?
O pendant stalactite,
Shaped of accreted brine,
Aspire you still to pierce
That upright stalagmite
Who in a million years
Your love cannot requite?
And if indeed your drip
With ardor one day fill her,
And bring you lip to lip,
And make you two one pillar
Still, how can you be sure,
O pendant stalactite,
If you are you, or her—
An upright stalagmite?