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noun Geology.
  1. an area of limestone terrane characterized by sinks, ravines, and underground streams.
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Origin of karst

1900–05; < German, generic use of Karst, name of limestone plateau north of Trieste
Related formskarst·ic, adjective
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Historical Examples of karst

  • True mixed woods, sometimes referred to as karst woods, occur at medium elevations.

    Area Handbook for Albania

    Eugene K. Keefe

  • There should also be mentioned the periodical lakes situated in the Karst region, the largest of them being the Lake of Zirknitz.

  • Many Istrians fled into the Karst region, and for a long time the land was unsafe.

    The Shores of the Adriatic

    F. Hamilton Jackson

  • The most prominent features of the Karst region are imperfect valleys which have no outlet.

  • Their houses are built of timber and thatch, or clay tiles, except in the Karst region, where stone is more plentiful than wood.

British Dictionary definitions for karst


  1. (modifier) denoting the characteristic scenery of a limestone region, including underground streams, gorges, etc
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Derived Formskarstic, adjective

Word Origin for karst

C19: German, from Karst, limestone plateau near Trieste
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Word Origin and History for karst


name of a high, barren limestone region around Trieste; used by geologists from 1894 to refer to similar landforms. The word is the German form of Slovenian kras.

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