steppe

[step]

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.

Nearby words

  1. stepmother,
  2. stepney,
  3. stepover,
  4. steppage,
  5. stepparent,
  6. stepped-up,
  7. steppenwolf,
  8. stepper,
  9. steppes,
  10. stepping stone

Origin of steppe

1665–75; < Russian step' or Ukrainian step; ulterior origin uncertain

Can be confusedstep steppe

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British Dictionary definitions for steppe

steppe

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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Word Origin and History for steppe

steppe

n.

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

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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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