dripstone

dripstone
dripstone [drip′stōn΄]
n.
1. a DRIP (sense 4) made of stone
2. calcite or other similar mineral deposits, esp. a stalactite or stalagmite, formed in a cave by dripping or flowing water: cf. FLOWSTONE, TRAVERTINE

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