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karst

[kahrst] /kɑrst/
noun, Geology
1.
an area of limestone terrane characterized by sinks, ravines, and underground streams.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; < German, generic use of Karst, name of limestone plateau north of Trieste
Related forms
karstic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for karstic

karst

/kɑːst/
noun
1.
(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 karstic

karst

n.

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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Encyclopedia Article for karstic

karst

terrain usually characterized by barren, rocky ground, caves, sinkholes, underground rivers, and the absence of surface streams and lakes. It results from the excavating effects of underground water on massive soluble limestone. The term originally applied to the Karst, a limestone area on the Dalmatian coast on the Adriatic Sea, but has been extended to mean all areas with similar features.

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