- 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
- a steppe in Kazakhstan.
Also called The Steppes.
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Examples from the Web for steppes
I have tried Tibet, China, and the steppes of Siberia—with the same result.David and the Phoenix
They are also found on the steppes bordering the Caspian and Aral Seas.
Suddenly all came to life; the forests, the pools, the steppes.High Noon
It was a north-easter, laden with dust, and a sense of frozen Siberian steppes.Robert Falconer
Rather than give these up some of them would have sold half the steppes.Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)
- the huge grasslands of Eurasia, chiefly in Ukraine and Russia
- another name for Kyrgyz Steppe
- a variant spelling of Kyrgyz Steppe
C17: from Old Russian step lowland
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Word Origin and History for steppes
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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