steppe

[ step ]
/ stɛp /

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for steppe

steppe

/ (stɛp) /

noun

(often plural) an extensive grassy plain usually without treesCompare prairie, pampas

Word Origin for steppe

C17: from Old Russian step lowland
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Science definitions for steppe

steppe

[ stĕp ]

A vast, semiarid grassland, as found in southeast Europe, Siberia, and central North America.

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