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