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steppe

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noun

an extensive plain, especially one without trees.
The Steppes,
  1. Also called Eurasian Steppe, Great Steppe . the vast grasslands stretching from Asia to Eastern Europe, bounded on the north by European and Asian Russia and Siberia.
  2. Kirghiz Steppe.

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Origin of steppe

First recorded in 1665–75; from Russian step' or Ukrainian step; further origin uncertain

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH steppe

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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Scientific definitions for steppe

steppe
[ stĕp ]

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