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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
Related forms
karstic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for karst
  • The number of endangered karst-dwelling species has been seriously underestimated, the study adds.
  • karst refers to landscapes dominated by easily weathered carbonate rocks such as limestone and dolomite.
  • The lakes flow in a meandering series of waterfalls and streams over dynamic karst topography.
  • karst topography is created by a chemical dissolution process when groundwater circulates through soluble rock.
  • karst groundwater is an incredible natural resource.
  • Cave and karst systems are important for two major reasons.
  • karst terranes are underlain by weathered soluble rocks such as limestone or dolomite.
  • Many researchers have conducted in-depth studies of karst and related features.
  • Major areas of research include karst and fracture flow processes, karst groundwater flow modeling, and groundwater age dating.
  • Most caves are found in karst formations which are geologic areas composed of soluble rocks, such as limestone or gypsum.
British Dictionary definitions for karst


(modifier) denoting the characteristic scenery of a limestone region, including underground streams, gorges, etc
Derived Forms
karstic, adjective
Word Origin
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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