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An area of irregular limestone in which erosion has produced fissures, sinkholes, underground streams, and caverns.
[German, after the Karst, a limestone plateau near Trieste (where geologists first studied karstic landscapes) .]
(Physical Geography) (modifier) denoting the characteristic scenery of a limestone region, including underground streams, gorges, etc
[C19: German, from Karst, limestone plateau near Trieste]
an area of limestone terrane characterized by sinks, ravines, and underground streams.
[1900–05; < German, generic use of Karst, name of limestone plateau N of Trieste]
Limestone landscape with a largely bare, rocky surface and rivers that flow through underground caves.