PRONUNCIATION: (stuh-LAG-myt, STAL-uhg-myt)

noun: A conical column on the floor of a cave, formed by minerals in dripping water.

From Greek stalaktos (dripping), from stalassein (to drip). Earliest documented use: 1681.

A similar tapering structure hanging from the roof of a cave is called a stalactite. It's easy to remember which is which. Ground: stalaGmite; Ceiling: stalaCtite.

STALAGMIT9 - a special underground Hell where the National Spleological Society sends careless people who break off stalagmites and stalactites.

* Been there, done that. frown