karst

noun
\ ˈkärst How to pronounce karst (audio) \

Definition of karst

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an irregular limestone region with sinkholes, underground streams, and caverns

Karst

geographical name
\ ˈkärst How to pronounce Karst (audio) \
variants: or Kras \ ˈkräs How to pronounce Karst (audio) \ or Italian Carso \ ˈkär-​(ˌ)sō How to pronounce Karst (audio) \

Definition of Karst (Entry 2 of 2)

limestone plateau northeast of the Istrian Peninsula in western Slovenia extending into eastern Italy

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Other Words from karst

Noun

karstic \ ˈkär-​stik How to pronounce Karst (audio) \ adjective

Examples of karst in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The telescope is located in Puerto Rico's karst region, which serves as an important water source and contains the island's richest biodiversity. DÁnica Coto, Star Tribune, "Officials seeking answers to Puerto Rico telescope collapse," 5 Mar. 2021 But thermokarst is far more unstable than limestone karst. Madeline Ostrander, Smithsonian Magazine, "In a Tunnel Beneath Alaska, Scientists Race to Understand Disappearing Permafrost," 4 May 2020 But thermokarst is far more unstable than limestone karst. Madeline Ostrander, Smithsonian Magazine, "In a Tunnel Beneath Alaska, Scientists Race to Understand Disappearing Permafrost," 4 May 2020 But thermokarst is far more unstable than limestone karst. Madeline Ostrander, Smithsonian Magazine, "In a Tunnel Beneath Alaska, Scientists Race to Understand Disappearing Permafrost," 4 May 2020 But thermokarst is far more unstable than limestone karst. Madeline Ostrander, Wired, "Want to Study Permafrost? Get It Before It's Gone," 2 May 2020 But other large swathes of South Sulawesi karst were acquired by Bosowa, another cement company, for just 2500 rupiah, or about 68 pence, per square metre in 1996. 1843, "The fight to preserve a 44,000-year-old painting," 20 Feb. 2020 Drilling also affects the delicate hydrological system of the karst, the limestone formations where prehistoric paintings are usually found. 1843, "The fight to preserve a 44,000-year-old painting," 20 Feb. 2020 Krabi’s beautiful coastline, lapped by impossibly green water studded with limestone karsts, serves as the backdrop for this peaceful property. Alisha Prakash, USA TODAY, "9 remote resorts in Thailand: Luxurious seclusion for when you want to get lost," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of karst

Noun

1902, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for karst

Noun

German, from Slovene dialect or Croatian dialect kras, kars, type of rock, region composed of such rock

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19 Mar 2021

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“Karst.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/karst. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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