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karst areas
Distinctive landscapes, usually located on soluble rock such as irregular limestone, and characterized by caverns, sinkholes, fissures, ridges, and underground drainage. The term is derived from the Karst region of Slovenia.

keeping rooms
Rooms (often rectangular) at the back of colonial houses in the United States, especially in the Northeast, which served as a combination kitchen, living room, and workroom.

kennels (animal housing)
Establishments where dogs or cats are bred, raised, trained, or boarded.

key pattern
Frets consisting of a relatively continuous series of rectilinear hook shapes, sometimes crossing each other.

keystones
Central wedge-shaped voussoirs in arches or vaults; also, similar elements used as ornaments on the heads of doors or windows.

kilns
Furnaces, ovens, or heated enclosures for drying, charring, hardening, baking, or burning various materials.

kindergartens (buildings)
Buildings that house schools serving pupils in the year prior to their entering the first grade, typically at age five.

king-post trusses
Triangular frames with a vertical central strut (the king post) extending from apex to tie beam.

kiosks
Small, freestanding structures either open or partially enclosed, where merchandise is displayed, advertised, or sold.

kitchen gardens
Private gardens established primarily for growing vegetables and herbs for domestic consumption.

kitchenettes
Small rooms or alcoves fitted with the essential conveniences of a kitchen.

kitchens
Rooms intended for the preparation and cooking of food.

kivas
Pueblo Indian buildings used as men's clubhouses and for ceremonial and social activities.

knot gardens
Intricately designed gardens in which ground cover, low shrubs, or colored earths are arranged in interlacing patterns resembling knots.

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