- a steppe in Kazakhstan.
Also called The Steppes.
- 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
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- a variant spelling of Kyrgyz Steppe
C17: from Old Russian step lowland
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Word Origin and History for the-steppes
vast treeless plain of southeastern Europe and of Asia, 1670s, from Russian *step', of unknown origin.
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- A vast, semiarid grassland, as found in southeast Europe, Siberia, and central North America.
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