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Ícicle. n.s. [from ice.] A shoot of ice hanging down from the upper part.

If distilled vinegar or aqua-fortis be poured into the powder of loadstone, the subsiding powder, dried, retains some magnetical virtue; but if the menstruum be evaporated to a consistence, and afterwards doth shoot into icicles, or crystals, the loadstone hath no power upon them. Brown's Vulgar Err.

From locks uncomb'd, and from the frozen beard,
Long icicles depend, and crackling sounds are heard.

The common dropstone consists principally of spar, and is frequently found in form of an icicle, hanging down from the tops and sides of grotto's. Woodward's Nat. History.

Sources: Browne, Thomas (203) · Dryden, John (788) · Woodward, John (78)

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