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kras — karst (English)
1) A German rendering of a Serbo-Croat term referring to the terrain created by limestone solution and characterized by a virtual absence of surface drainage, a series of surface hollows, depressions and fissures, collapse structures, and an extensive subterranean drainage network. 2) A type of topography that is formed on limestone, gypsum, and other rocks by dissolution, and that is characterized by sinkholes, caves, and underground drainage. Etymology: German, from the Yugoslavian territory Krs; type locality, a limestone plateau in the Dinaric Alps of northwestern Yugoslavia and northeastern Italy. (Source: WHIT / BJGEO)

The original Slovenian definition:

kras (Slovenian)
1) Nemška izpeljanka srbohrvaškega izraza, ki se nanaša na tip površja, za katerega je značilno raztapljanje apnenca, odsotnost površinskega odtoka, številne luknje, depresije v tleh in razpoke, udorne strukture ter razvejan podzemni odtočni sistem. 2) Vrsta reliefa, ki se izoblikuje na apnencu, sadri in drugih kamninah z raztapljanjem. Zanj so značilni požiralniki, jame in podzemni odtok. Etimologija (izvor besede): nemški izraz z jugoslovanskega območja Krasa (Krš). Apnenčasta planota v Dinarskih Alpah na severozahodu Jugoslavije in severovzhodu Italije. (Vir: WHIT / BJGEO)

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