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[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
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karstic, adjective Unabridged
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(modifier) denoting the characteristic scenery of a limestone region, including underground streams, gorges, etc
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karstic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: German, from Karst, limestone plateau near Trieste
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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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