- an extensive plain, especially one without trees.
- The Steppes,
- the vast grasslands, especially those in the S and E European and W and SW Asian parts of Russia.
- Kirghiz Steppe.
Origin of steppe
1665–75; < Russian step' or Ukrainian step; ulterior origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for steppe
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
I thought you all lay stiff on the steppe, by Ilbars River.'Shadows in the Moonlight
Robert E. Howard
C17: from Old Russian step lowland
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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
- A vast, semiarid grassland, as found in southeast Europe, Siberia, and central North America.
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