steppe

[step]
noun
  1. an extensive plain, especially one without trees.
  2. 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 confusedstep steppe

Kirghiz Steppe

noun
  1. a steppe in Kazakhstan.
Also called The Steppes.
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Related Words for steppes

grassland, prairie, savanna, plain

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British Dictionary definitions for steppes

Steppes

pl n the Steppes
  1. the huge grasslands of Eurasia, chiefly in Ukraine and Russia
  2. another name for Kyrgyz Steppe

Kirghiz Steppe

noun
  1. a variant spelling of Kyrgyz Steppe

steppe

noun
  1. (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 steppes

steppe

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

steppes in Science

steppe

[stĕp]
  1. A vast, semiarid grassland, as found in southeast Europe, Siberia, and central North America.
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steppes in Culture

steppes

[(steps)]

Vast grassy plains associated with eastern Russia and Siberia.

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