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[ kahrst ]
/ kɑrst /

noun Geology.

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

Nearby words

karrusel, kars, karsavina, karsavina, tamara, karsh, karst, karst topography, kart, kartagener's syndrome, karttikeya, karuhiruhi

Origin of karst

1900–05; < German, generic use of Karst, name of limestone plateau north of Trieste
Related formskarst·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 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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