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Do not confuse stalactite with stalagmite. A stalactite hangs from the roof of a cave, whereas a stalagmite rises up from a cave’s floor.stalactites hang from the ceiling; stalagmites start from the ground.
Definition of stalactite
- a tapering structure hanging like an icicle from the roof of a cave, formed of calcium salts deposited by dripping water. Compare with stalagmite.
late 17th century: from modern Latin stalactites, from Greek stalaktos 'dripping', based on stalassein 'to drip'