[ kahrst ]
/ kɑrst /

noun Geology.

an area of limestone terrane characterized by sinks, ravines, and underground streams.

Origin of karst

1900–05; < German, generic use of Karst, name of limestone plateau north of Trieste

Related forms

karst·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for karst


/ (kɑːst) /


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

Derived Forms

karstic, adjective

Word Origin for karst

C19: German, from Karst, limestone plateau near Trieste
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