from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A protective drip made of stone, as on a cornice over a door or window.
  • noun A mineral deposit, such as a stalactite or a stalagmite, usually consisting of calcite, formed in caves from dripping water.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as stalagmite.
  • noun In architecture, a projecting molding or cornice over a doorway, window, etc., to prevent rain-water from trickling down.
  • noun A filtering-stone: so called by seamen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Arch.) A drip, when made of stone. See drip, 2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun architecture A protective moulding over a door or window that allows rain to drip away from the structure
  • noun geology stalactites and stalagmites collectively

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  • noun the form of calcium carbonate found in stalactites and stalagmites
  • noun a protective drip that is made of stone


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  • Many of the younger caves which have formed at the plateau edges, such as Krásnohorská and Gombasecká, occur on several levels and contain dripstone decorations.

    Caves of Aggtelek and Slovak Karst, Hungary and Slovakia 2009

  • The following are so designated: the last 150m of the canyon before the entrance to Skocjan Caves, the collapsed dolines Mala dolina and Velika dolina, all the caves, in the Park, and a dripstone formation on the surface near the Lipje cave.

    Skocjan Caves Regional Park, Slovenia 2008

  • But you will be as doleful as a dripstone if you marry for money.

    Father Goriot 2003

  • “I drank the water the dripstone produced myself, naturally.”

    Morgan’s Run Colleen McCullough 2000

  • “A dripstone,” said Cousin James-the-druggist proudly.

    Morgan’s Run Colleen McCullough 2000

  • His dripstone was standing on the table near him, and, it seemed absently, he put his hand out to stroke it.

    Morgan’s Run Colleen McCullough 2000

  • “I have begun to import dripstones from Teneriffe, and thought of you immediately,” said Cousin James-the-druggist, tucking the dripstone back into the box.

    Morgan’s Run Colleen McCullough 2000

  • Ye make a fucken religion out of your wretched dripstone!

    Morgan’s Run Colleen McCullough 2000

  • “I managed to preserve my health, mostly thanks to my dripstone.”

    Morgan’s Run Colleen McCullough 2000

  • An impressive collection of books stood on a shelf on one wall, another shelf held what looked suspiciously like a dripstone, the bed was sheeted with Alexander-issue blankets, and a very nice table and two chairs stood in the middle of the floor.

    Morgan’s Run Colleen McCullough 2000


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  • Citation on dipterous.

    June 20, 2008