- 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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- (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 karstic
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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