[kahrst] /kɑrst/

noun, Geology.
an area of limestone terrane characterized by sinks, ravines, and underground streams.
(modifier) denoting the characteristic scenery of a limestone region, including underground streams, gorges, etc

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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