butte

noun
\ ˈbyüt How to pronounce butte (audio) \

Definition of butte

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an isolated hill or mountain with steep or precipitous sides usually having a smaller summit area than a mesa

Butte

geographical name
\ ˈbyüt How to pronounce Butte (audio) \

Definition of Butte (Entry 2 of 2)

city in southwestern Montana on a plateau in the Rockies population 32,996

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This 550-mile meandering drive winds from the grasslands and canyons of North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park to the state’s southern twin and the buttes and spires of Badlands National Park. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Road Trips in North America," 10 June 2019 A century after Teddy's death, Medora stands on the edge of what is now Theodore Roosevelt National Park, a sprawling space of winding buttes and open grasslands perfect for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 15 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2019," 6 June 2019 According to Kiowa Native American folklore, this giant rock rose from the ground when seven girls leaped onto a butte to escape attacking bears. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "10 great ancient ruins that track the heavens, from Woodhenge to Chichen Itza," 25 June 2019 Curiosity took images on September 9, 2015, of Mount Sharp, a hematite-rich ridge, a plain full of clay minerals to create a composite and rounded buttes high in sulfate minerals. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Curiosity rover detects highest levels of methane on Mars," 24 June 2019 The canyon walls rising on either side pale in comparison to the network of towers and buttes that reveal themselves downriver, where the river cuts further into the landscape. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Lees Ferry: Gateway to Grand Canyon rafting and the Colorado River," 9 July 2018 Over the last few days, Reese Witherspoon has been posting gorgeous Instagrams of red-rock buttes and bright blue skies while on a girls trip in Sedona, Arizona. Vogue, "Reese Witherspoon Chose This Arizona Town for an Outdoorsy Girls Trip," 11 Oct. 2018 Nebraska’s topography isn’t all flat like a pancake but surprisingly diverse, from bluffs and buttes jutting out of the Plains to rolling hills. Kathryn Prociv, Washington Post, "Prongs of lightning sizzle in Nebraska’s summer sky," 15 June 2018 On the second half of the hike, the pastures widen to expose lovely views of mountaintops above and towns, buttes and hills far below. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of butte

Noun

1805, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for butte

Noun

French, knoll, from Middle French bute

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butte

noun

English Language Learners Definition of butte

: a type of hill with a flat top and steep sides that is found in the southwestern U.S.

butte

noun
\ ˈbyüt How to pronounce butte (audio) \

Kids Definition of butte

: an isolated hill with steep sides

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