- 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
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Examples from the Web for 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.The Land of the Black Mountain
Their houses are built of timber and thatch, or clay tiles, except in the Karst region, where stone is more plentiful than wood.
- (modifier) denoting the characteristic scenery of a limestone region, including underground streams, gorges, etc
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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