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[step] /stɛp/
an extensive plain, especially one without trees.
The Steppes,
  1. the vast grasslands, especially those in the S and E European and W and SW Asian parts of Russia.
  2. Kirghiz Steppe.
Origin of steppe
1665-75; < Russian step' or Ukrainian step; ulterior origin uncertain
Can be confused
step, steppe. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for steppe
Historical Examples
  • Returning home, I mounted on horseback and galloped to the steppe.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • For they multiply like lice, and are as poisonous as the snakes that crawl in the steppe of Muhan.

    Life of Schamyl John Milton Mackie
  • He wished to employ them in training and enlightening the rude tribes of the steppe.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin
  • The transition from the boulevards to the steppe was most refreshing.

    High Noon Anonymous
  • I thought you all lay stiff on the steppe, by Ilbars River.'

    Shadows in the Moonlight Robert E. Howard
  • Do you get a strong net and ride me out to the steppe where we first saw the bird.

  • Approaching it, he appeared to recognize his steppe and flocks.

  • He departed, and soon found her in the steppe, occupied in tending the sheep.

  • A portion of the steppe now assumes the aspect of a vast inland sea.

    The Desert World Arthur Mangin
  • Now and then a hare was started in the thick tufts of steppe grass.

British Dictionary definitions for steppe


(often pl) an extensive grassy plain usually without trees Compare prairie, pampas
Word Origin
C17: from Old Russian step lowland
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for steppe

vast treeless plain of southeastern Europe and of Asia, 1670s, from Russian *step', of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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steppe in Science
A vast, semiarid grassland, as found in southeast Europe, Siberia, and central North America.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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